short Artist Statement
I like to find visual solutions and utilize a variety of tools, mediums and applications to transfer concepts and techniques from project to project in order to keep evolving. I find a simultaneous harmony going back and forth between working without intention and careful planning. The materials I use help guide my process while searching for new combinations. Being both a designer and artist cultivate an intermix of minimalist and organic themes. My work tends to have a rustic and heavily textured quality as a result of my visceral approach but the final result is intended to appear quiet to reflect a “less is more” outlook on life and art. Making art is a way for me to escape the technological realm, contemplate modern living and nature and then communicate how each domain influences another. It is my intention to engage the viewer to utilize the art, fill a void with something beautiful, improve emotional and environmental disposition and evoke a sense of balance and tranquility in the modern world.
short Artist Bio
A native New Yorker, Christie Owen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma and divides her time as an artist and graphic designer. Her 2D and 3D works are included in local and national museums, galleries, public venues, private collections, and retail locations; Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Oklahoma Contemporary, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Festival of the Arts Sculpture Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, Chesapeake Arena Thunder Family V.I.P. Lounge, American Institute of Architects Oklahoma Chapter, Penn Square Mall and BD Home. She has been featured in printed publications, television shows and documentaries, including OETA Gallery, FOX 25, KSBI, KFOR Channel 4, The Oklahoman, The Gazette and ArtFocus Magazine. She is Co-Founder of FRINGE Oklahoma Women’s Art Organization, Co-Founder of Wings of ART auction and gala benefiting local artists and special needs children at Special Care Inc. and owner of Hive Design Web Development and Graphic Design Studio. She continuously shows her work at museums, galleries, public venues, retail locations, on-line galleries, competitions and is a highly sought after commission artist. Christie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from State University of New York College at Buffalo.
long Artist Statement
Being an artist all my life and a graphic designer for over 15 years, I am always working on a variety of creative projects. I like to find visual solutions and utilize a variety of tools, mediums and applications to transfer concepts and techniques from project to project. I am influenced by modern living and nature how each domain influences each other. My art work today mostly consists of painting and sculpture. I utilize a range of mediums to create minimalist, progressive and functional art using steel, copper, brass, wood and paint. I work in a variety of mediums to keep evolving. My work is intended to reflect my “less is more” outlook on life and art.
I strive to find a balance between intention and serendipity in my process and finished work. Being a visual hunter, I link certain aesthetics I have mentally collected together to discover new elements to infuse into my work. I am especially drawn to weathered industrial objects, earthy hues and things that possess an austere character. Profoundly sensitized to my surroundings, I find that often over-looked items become more intricate with closer inspection. My art relates to the journey, enduring quality and simplicity of these discoveries in accord with our ever-changing environment. The materials and compositions perpetually change in relation to my time and life experiences. By working intuitively and switching mediums, I am always creating something new. I am trying to draw attention to themes of transformation, capture conditional actions and mirror the way nature affects its surroundings.
My art is a result of looking for visual solutions and it is my intention to engage the viewer to utilize the art, fill a void with something beautiful, improve emotional and environmental disposition and evoke a sense of balance and tranquility in the modern world.
“Christie creates art to escape from the fast pace of the digitally engineered world. With themes ranging from texture and light to nature and seasons, her art is an eclectic fusion of ideas and images blending modernism and minimalism. Christie enjoys the opportunity creating art gives her not only to slow down and pause an experience, but also to capture and preserve it. With a playful and organic feel, her paintings and sculpture utilize a variety of techniques and applications to create a sense of enduring tranquility and beauty.”
Christie Fleuridas Owen is an artist and graphic designer living in Oklahoma.
Her art work consists of sculptures, collages, installations, paintings, drawings, jewelry and graphic design. The intermix between designer and artist cultivate a fusion of minimalist and organic themes.
She was born and raised in upstate New York and by a talented family of artists, photographers, jewelers and carpenters. As a child, she encountered a profound affinity for visual art. At Victor High School in N.Y. she was fortunate to have art teachers who acknowledged her proficiency. As a result, Christie acquired college credit during high school while attending 2D art classes at Nazareth College.
At Buffalo State College she was inspired by her color theory professor Bonnie Gordon Pfhal, who welcomed experimentation in class. Buffalo’s flourishing art scene, rich history, diverse culture, Albright-Knox Art Gallery , Burchfield Penny Art Center and Hallwalls provided a creative haven for Christie.
After graduating from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree she moved to Oklahoma in 1997. She began her professional career as a graphic designer. Computers became her creative outlet for over a decade as she became an Advertising & Marketing Director.
Christie continued to paint and draw as an outlet from the digital world. Friends and businesses commissioned her to create art and she immersed herself into the Oklahoma City art scene. Christie felt liberated and learned an abundance about being a professional artist when she apprenticed under internationally renowned sculptor David Phelps.
In 2011, Christie co-founded FRINGE (Oklahoma Women’s Art Organization.) She volunteered as the Vice President / Marketing Director from 2011 to 2015 and provided the branding power and leadership elemental to the organizations success today. She is also the Co-Founder of the wings of ART auction & gala to benefit Special Care, a non-profit special needs school in Oklahoma City. In the same year she launched Hive Design where she currently operates as a graphic designer.
Recently, six of her large scale paintings were purchased and installed in the NBA Thunder VIP Family Lounge at the Chesapeake Arena. She is the Urbancore Artist in Residence at Verbode, a real estate brokerage in the TAP Architecture Building, where she is the featured artist and selects other artists for group shows. Her gallery representation is through Nault Fine Art in Midtown. An installation of her prints is featured at Art on the Town at Penn Square Mall and she is the showroom artist at BD Home. In 2016, she had the highest sale of a single art work at ART NOW at the Oklahoma Contemporary and Christie is the next featured solo artist at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Oklahoma Hall of Fame from September 2016 to January 2017.
Christie continuously shows her work at museums, galleries, public venues, retail locations, on-line galleries, competitions and is a highly sought after commission artist.