Laura Owens (American, b.1970) is a mixed-media painter, best known for her images of animals and landscape incorporating a number of art historical references. Originally from Euclid, OH, Owens received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She later completed her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. After emerging onto the art scene in the late 1990s, she became the youngest artist ever to receive a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She has also had solo shows at the Bonnefantan Museum, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Milawaukee Art Museum, Aspen Art Museum, and the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, she was a featured artist at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Owens lives and works in Los Angeles.

Timeline

1970
Born in Euclid, Ohio, USA
1992
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island
1994
School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1994
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1999
Art Basel - Statement award
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions

2012
Pure Perception, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano, Italy
2011
The Boy Who Robbed You a Few Minutes Before Arriving At the Ball, Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
2011
A Painting Show, Harris Lieberman, New York
2011
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany (solo)
2011
Crown Point Press, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2011
Galerie Gisela Capitan, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2011
The Artist’s Museum, MOCA, Los Angeles, USA
2011
Ordinary Madness, Carnegie Melon of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
2011
The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
2010
Slow Paintings, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
2010
MOCA’S First Thirty Years, MOCA, Los Angeles, USA
2010
At Home/Not at Home, Hessel Museum of Art, New York
2009
Continuous Present, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2009
Hello, Mrs. MacGruder, curated by Michele Maccarone, Benson Keyes Arts, Southampton, NY
2009
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (solo)
2008
Sadie Coles HQ, London (solo)
2008
Gavin Brown’s enterprise (620A), New York (solo)
2008
Works on Paper, ACME, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2008
Biënnale van de Schilderkunst, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
2008
Blasted Allegories, Works from the Ringier Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
2008
Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Maccarone, New York
2008
Painting Now and Forever Part II, Greene Naftali and Matthew Marks, New York
2008
Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, USA
2008
Tapestry, Karin Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2008
Red Eye: LA Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Collection, USA
2008
Collecting Collections: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
2007
Very abstract and hyper figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
2007
on paper, Amerikanische Zeichnung ab 1960, Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst e.V., Augsburg, Germany
2007
Blind Date, Deutsche Bank Kunst und Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul
2007
AFFINITIES, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
2007
Studio Guenzani, Mailand
2007
Laura Owens: paintings and studies 1994-2006, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (solo)
2007
Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster, Germany (solo)
2006
Gavin Brown´s Enterprise, New York (solo)
2006
Sadie Coles Gallery, London (solo)
2006
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (solo)
2006
Laura Owens: paintings and studies 1994-2006, Kunsthalle Zürich, travelling to: Camden arts centre, London, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössischer Kunst, Münster, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2007) (solo)
2006
Red Eye – L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami
2006
The Garden Party, Deitch Projects, New York
2006
2005 Plip, Plip, Plipty!, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
2006
Post Modern, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
2006
Wunschwelten, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
2006
THINK BLUE, Blum&Poe, Los Angeles
2006
"Essential Painting," The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2006
Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
2006
"Gruppenausstellund: Hot spring...in autumn," Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
2006
"Crown Point Press: The Art of Etching," The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2006
"Webs, Loops and Skeins in modern Contemporary Art," The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
2006
"Opere su carta," Studio Guenzani, Milano
2005
"Recent Acquisitions," MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2005
"Landscape Confection," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
2005
"Old News," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
2005
"Fünfundzwanzig Jahre Sammlung Deutsche Bank," Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
2005
"The Early Show," White Columns, New York, NY
2005
"Drawn to Cleveland," Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
2005
"Miradas y conceptos en la Colección Helga de Alvear," Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid; Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz
2004
"Huts," Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
2004
"Laura Owens," Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Gavin Browns Enterprise GBE modern, New York, NY
2004
"The Undiscovered Country," UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2004
"Never Never Landscape," c/o, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin
2004
"Contemporary Painting," Curated by Alex Katz, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
2004
"2004 Whitney Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
2004
"POST MoDERN," The Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
2003
"Laura Owens," Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
2002
"Painting on the Move: 2. Es gibt kein letztes Bild-Malerei nach 1968," Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Basel
2002
"Cavepainting," Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2002
"Urgent Painting," Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
2001
"The Beauty of Intimacy: Lens and Paper," Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck
2001
"The Mystery of Painting," Sammlung Goetz, Munich
2001
"Laura Owens: New Work at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum," Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
2001
"Public Offerings," MOCA THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY, Los Angeles, CA
2001
"Original Language: Highlights from the MCA Collection," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1999
Nach-Bild, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
1999
Galerie Gisela Capitain Köln, Germany
1998
Gavin Brown's Enterprise New York
1998
Young Americans II, Saatchi Collection London, England
1997
Sadie Cole's HQ London, England
1997
Palace, Beret International Gallery Chicago, IL
1996
Wunderbar, Kunstverein Hamburg, HH
1995
Painting Show, Regen Projects Los Angeles, CA
1995
Rosamund Felsen Santa Monica, CA