Tom Owen, POLLINATE Spotlight

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Selected Work




I have been making art all of my life. Growing up I had an endless supply of paper, pencils, and paints always at the ready on a small card table in the corner of the living room. In high school, I took over the family garage as my studio. My father could build anything and my mother was a talented seamstress and artist. From them I learned that if something doesn’t work, you learn from it and keep trying. Seriously, what great parents!

What does this have to do with my art? I embrace a “discipline of accident,” using whatever happens on the surface in my process. Making marks and forms I create intuitive, layered abstracts, using a variety of media in my paintings. My art practice is influenced by both abstraction and minimalism, particularly aspects related to nature, identity, and the subconscious. These have power and drive my process.”

After a 2017 studio visit, Raphaela Platow, Executive Director of Louisville’s Speed Art Museum and former Director and Chief Curator of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, OH, commented, “I love that Tom is not afraid to embrace and use color; his paintings are so hopeful.” Tom’s work has been shown for the last twenty years in several US cities including New York, Miami, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, and in the San Francisco Bay Area; it is in private and corporate collections across the US. He holds a B.S. in English literature and a M.A. in psychology both of which inform his art making. Tom and his husband live in their restored Victorian home in Northern Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio along with Mavis, a feisty Norwich Terrier and Fanny a sweet Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

Heartland, 2023

Flashe on panel

30 x 60 inches (diptych)

$5,800 INQUIRE

Mint Tea on a Roof Top Terrace, 2022 Flashe on birch panel 30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches $3,000

$2,800 INQUIRE

Into the Kasbah, 2022 Flashe on stretched canvas 30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches Light Layers, 2022 Flashe on birch panel 30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches $3,000

Flashe on Panel

24 x 24 inches

$1,300 INQUIRE

Topsy Turvy, 2021

Garden Party, 2022

Flashe and Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 48 x 2 inches

$3,800 INQUIRE

Desert Night, 2022

Flashe and acrylic on canvas

24 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches



Hammam for Two, 2022

Flashe on stretched canvas

30 x 24x 1 1/2 inches

$2,800 INQUIRE

Tom Owen

Abbreviated CV


Post-graduate study in psychology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

MA, Psychology, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ

BS, English Literature, State of New York University, Excelsior College, Albany, NY


2023 POLLINATE, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2022 Luminosity, Group Exhibition Jen Tough Gallery / Artist Alliance, Sante Fe, NM New Conversations, Two Person Exhibition, Palette Home Gallery, Richmond, VA


Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP, Cleveland OH

Great American Insurance Group, Cincinnati, OH

VonLehman CPA and Advisory Firm, Ft Wright, KY

Applied Story Telling Brand Environments, Los Angeles, CA

School Outfitters, Cincinnati, OH

Miller Valentine Construction, Cincinnati, OH

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