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Laura Owens


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Laura Owens talks about the motivation behind her paintings and how she forged a career in the competitive art world.

Laura's Biography

Three Attributes to Describe Herself: highly critical, discerning, and a good listener    
Woman She'd Love to Interview: Gloria Vanderbilt    
Advice to Her 15-Year Old Self: Don't try so hard.    
Why She Chose to Be an Artist: "It was the one subject that didn't have an answer, and I felt like it would be a lifelong pursuit."

Laura Owens is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose often largely-scaled paintings represent a blend of abstract and figurative, incorporating whimsical doodles and fine line drawing. Owen's work has been included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Whitney Museum (New York), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

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