Shirley Anne Owen
Born: Near Welsh St. Donats, Vale of Glamorgan.
Lives: Penarth, Wales.
1962-65 Cardiff College of Art.
1965-67 Newport College of Art.
Selected Recent Exhibitions:
2015, Fountain Fine Art, Cardiff
2013, Pure Art Gallery, Milford Haven
2012, Washington Gallery, Penarth
2010-16, The Gallery at St. Brides, Saundersfoot.
3ormore (the following exhibitions were supported by The Arts Council of Wales):
2015, We Did This, Penarth Pier Pavilion and 3ormore @ Y Galeri, Caerffili.
2014, Four Glimpses, The Futures Gallery, Pierhead, Cardiff Bay and The Senedd
2013, Take Five, Art Central, Barry.
2014, Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo.
2013, 'Taith', Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna.
Shirley Anne Owen attended Penarth County Grammar School, leaving at the age of 15 to take up a place at Cardiff Art College. Subsequently, after studying Graphic Design at Newport Art College, she worked as a Medical Artist and then a clerk. A long break followed due to family commitments and she commenced full time art practice in 1996.
In 2008 a successful application to The Arts Council of Wales brought funding for a six week project concerning National Trust sites on the Welsh Coast which are at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change. Drawing and painting out of doors at these sites in February and March and completing further work in the studio on her return, she exhibited over fifty pieces in The Washington Gallery in Penarth and The Gallery at St. Brides in Saundersfoot. In 2014, Welsh Coastal Life magazine published an article about her work, featuring a number of her paintings.
She is currently exploring the area around Mynydd y Gaer in Penybont-ar-Ogwr with particular emphasis on a small area of old woodland. Owen is one of the three members of artists' group 3ormore, which has been set up to organise exhibition opportunities and projects. The group acts as a hub with the ability to invite one or more guest artists to participate in each event thus creating a different dynamic.
She joined Fountain Fine Art Gallery in 2014. Her drawing of Dyffryn House, which featured in her solo show in their Cardiff Gallery in 2015, is now part of The National Library of Wales collection. In addition, she has many works, including commissions, in private collections in the UK and abroad.
"My art practice is a response to a familiar environment as it changes, whether catching a fleeting moment or exploring the long term effects of coastal erosion and climate change." Using mixed media on paper or canvas, the work ranges in size from small intimate landscapes to large unframed heavily worked drawings. Many pieces develop from large scale drawings made on site.