Born in Croatia, Owen switched her allegiance from science to art later in life, studying as a mature student at the University of Alberta in the 1970s. Her works have been exhibited widely and collected by significant private and corporate collectors, as well as included in the principal public agency collections of Edmonton. In recognition of her varied and accomplished series of creations, she was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Alberta Society of Artists. Central to Owen’s development and her identity as an artist is her long and significant engagement with formalism. As she studied and emerged as an admired exhibiting artist, Edmonton and the University of Alberta were hotbeds of activity, exploration and commitment to modernist abstraction. Owen served in the education program of the Art Gallery of Alberta, bringing this message to countless students. It is in the arena of abstraction that she has made her most compelling works. Over a 35-year period, her touch and approach have evolved, reflecting changing attitudes and postures.
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