Robert Owen

Robert Owen has over 40 years’ experience as an artist and has
held more than 40 solo and 110 group exhibitions in Australia and
overseas. Owen studied sculpture under Lyndon Dadswell at NAS,
graduating with Honours in 1962. He lived in Greece from 1963
to 1966, then London until 1975, when he returned to Sydney.
In 1988, Owen moved to Melbourne, where he held positions at
RMIT University until 2001. Career highlights include the 1969
John Moores Painting Prize and representing Australia at the 38th
Biennale of Venice in 1978. In 2003, he received the Australia
Council Visual Arts/Crafts Emeritus Award for lifelong service to the
visual arts.

“Music has played an important role in my practice; the jazz clubs in Darlinghurst in the 1950s became part of my education alongside the National Art School.”

b. 1937, Sydney / lives and works in Melbourne

ESTC/NAS student, 1958–1962
Diploma of Fine Art – Sculpture, NAS 1962

Study for Mantra 6/1 (or panel #6),
2005–2006, synthetic polymer paint
on linen, 150 × 150 cm. Gift of Robert
Owen, 2018

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