Laura Owens - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Never Never Landscape, 10 September – 23 October, 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    In this encounter with Laura Owens' paintings we meet up with every conceivable, friendly, i.e., all too familiar, picture world as a surface: whether it be the heroic formats of abstract tradition, the so-called pure experience of colour-fields and the basic forms of non-representational painting, whether it be fairytale scenes populated with fabled creatures of every imaginable cultural origin, or the decorative, adventurous flower compositions and still lifes tinged with sweetness, whether architecture, landscape and love scenes. The artist deploys all the means of picture making in the same encyclopedic way, from global high art to folk art, from the various professional fields of painting, of handicraft and the techniques of the amateur and dilettante: accomplished painting exists next to gingerbread adornment when she draws colour directly onto the canvas as though it were cake; technically perfect illusionist painting next to seemingly naïve depictions. Painting methods from different image-making processes seem inappropriately combined in one picture, and the friendliness of the motifs is always confronted with the undaunted,side-by-side alignment of her procedure along with the crass disharmony of the colour compositions.
    (Press release, Kunsthalle Zurich Laura Owen, 12 June – 13 August,2006 -curated by Beatrix Ruff)



Oil and acrylic on linen.
60 x 47 cm. (23 5/8 x 18 1/2 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘Untitled 2004 L Owens' on the overlap.

£8,000 - 10,000 

Sold for £21,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 Feb 2009, 2pm