Laura Owens, born in Ohio in 1970 but now based in Los Angeles, grew up with a daily diet of art. First at Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, then at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and finally at the California Institute of the Arts.
She starts working as a painter as soon as she completes her studies, in 1994, launching a prolific career and soon receiving the support of critics overseas. Her paintings are vitaminic, pop, honest, communicative, require an attentive eye and a curious nature. The subjects, mostly abstract and figurative, often incorporate doodles and slender lines.
"I chose to be an artist because I felt like it was the one subject that didn't have an answer", she stated. Owens' work has been included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Whitney Museum (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles).
Laura is also a full-time mom and has often spoken out about the difficulty of being a prolific artist and a good mother. Among her latest exhibitions is that at Mission Road, Boyle Heights, which includes 12 new paintings.
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