Evoking empathy towards the inevitable passing of all things with artist Owen Normand

Owen Normand is a Scottish figurative painter who trained at Edinburgh College of Art. He was winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award Young Artist Prize in 2013 and his portrait ‘Das Berliner Zimmer’ was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2014 he was named as one of 15 new emerging artists of great promise from around the world by Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator.

Now living and working in Edinburgh, he has shown work in London, New York, Berlin, Edinburgh and Newcastle. He had solo exhibitions in Portugal in 2014 and Germany in 2015 and 2017 and his work is held in private collections in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.

My work explores awareness of impermanence and is intended to evoke in the viewer an empathy towards the inevitable passing of all things.

I force myself to look at the world around me with greater depth and analysis when I paint. Practicing this shift in perception encourages a more receptive state of mind, leaving me better equipped to see connections between both physical objects and ideas intrinsic to my artistic practice.
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