CO Art & Design creates custom art work and  furniture for interior designers and private clients. People seek out Christie’s style with confidence knowing her attention to detail and quality. Each piece of art is crafted with the best quality and high end materials. 

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short Artist Statement

As an artist and designer, I am interested in finding visual solutions. I contemplate modern living and nature then communicate how each domain influences each other. I utilize a variety of tools, mediums and applications to transfer concepts and techniques from project to project. It is an inter-mix of thought and process that cultivates my progressive and innovative methods. I produce creative answers in order to fill a void, improve emotional and environmental disposition, and evoke a sense of balance and unity.

short  Artist Bio

A native New Yorker, Christie Owen is an artist and graphic designer currently living in Oklahoma. She is Co-Founder, Vice President and Marketing Director of FRINGE {Oklahoma Women’s Art Organization}. Christie also co-founded and is Media Director for Wings of ART, an art auction and gala benefiting local artists and special needs children at Special Care Inc. Her work can be seen in museums, galleries, public and private collections and retail locations worldwide.

long Artist Statement

My work today consists of sculptures, furniture, lighting, paintings and jewelry. I utilize a range of mediums to create minimalist and organic art. I specialize in steel, copper, brass, wood and painting. I strive to create enclaves with my work that exemplify form, function and art.

Searching for environmental and emotional tranquility, my art is a result of looking for visual solutions. It is a way to escape the technological realm, contemplate modern living, nature and communicate how each domain influences another.

I work in a variety of mediums to offset impulsive tendencies and contrived notions. There is a simultaneous harmony in my process involving upcycling materials, planning and producing sculpture or jewelry and painting without restraint. Searching for new combinations by infusing modern and organic themes, my work is generally crafted in an expressionist and progressive manner regardless of medium.

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 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, sculptures and jewelry utilize a variety of techniques and applications to create a sense of enduring tranquility and beauty.”

long BIO

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 upsate 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 four 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 where 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 then 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, she founded CO Art & Design where she operates as an artist and graphic designer. Christie is also co-founder and Vice President of FRINGE (Oklahoma Women’s Art Organization.) As Marketing Director of FRINGE, she provides the the branding power elemental to the organizations success.

Christie shows her work at museums, galleries and competitions on a regular basis. 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.

CV

Christie Fleuridas Owen (b. 1973, USA)

Education

1997            SUNY College at Buffalo, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications

1993             University of Central Oklahoma, Fine Arts Undergraduate Studies

Exhibitions

Invitational

2014            Featured Artist, Dreamer Concepts, OK

2014            Refreshing the Palette, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, OK

2014            Red Dot, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OK

2014            12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

2013            Refreshing the Palette, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, OK

2013            Red Dot, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OK

2013            12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

2013            Sculpture Park, Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, OK

2013            Soundscapes, Science Museum, OK

2012            The Unexplored, Mainsite Contemporary Art, OK

2012            OKC Beautiful — Art in Recycled Trash, Science Museum, OK

2012            Red Dot, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OK

2012            12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

2011            12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

Group

2014            Wings of ART Inaugural Auction & Gala, Istvan Gallery, OK

2013            Swoon, Istvan Gallery, OK

2013            Don’t Waste: Create, Mabee Greer Museum, OK

2013            OKC Beautiful — Art in Recycled Trash, Science Museum, OK

2013            Paseo Container Show, Paseo Arts Association

2013            Reverie, AKA Gallery, OK

2013            Locus, Istvan Gallery, OK

2013            Chandelier, Living Arts, OK

2012            Holiday Open House, Drishti Galleri, OK

2012             The White Show, AKA Gallery, OK

2012             Make Art Not Trash, Fringe Gallery, OK

2012             Evolve, Fringe Gallery, OK

2012             I See What You Are Saying, Fringe Gallery, OK

2011             Link, 611 Creative, OK

2011             Three Year Anniversary Show, DNA Galleries, OK

2009             Edmond Arts Festival, Downtown Edmond, OK

1996             Senior Exhibition, Dr. Margaret E. Bacon, ’41, Student Art Gallery, NY

Solo

2014             Backwards Forwards: Paintings + Sculpture, Solo Exhibition, The Project Box, OK

2014             Intermix: Art + Design, Solo Exhibition, Istvan Gallery, OK

2013             Featured Furniture Artist at DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK

2013             Grand Opening: 20 paintings by Christie Owen, Vitality Medical Center, OK

2013             Gallery Walk: Featured Artist, Studio Six, OK

2012             Holiday Open House: New Works by Christie Owen, Art Wear, OK

2012             Grand Opening: New Works by Christie Owen, Urban Core, OK

2010             Selected Works by Christie Owen, Vintage Coffee, OK

Curating + Event Organization

2013-present             Wings of Art (Benefiting OKC artists and Special Care), Istvan Gallery, OK

2013                         Swoon, Istvan Gallery, OK

2013                         Locus, Istvan Gallery, OK

2012                         The White Show, AKA Gallery, OK

2012                         Make Art Not Trash, Fringe Gallery

2012                         Evolve, Fringe Gallery, OK

2012                         I See What You Are Saying, Fringe Gallery, OK

2011                         Link, 611 Creative, OK

Commissions

Private

2014             “Gramercy Cellars,” 10 functional sculptures, Gramercy Cellars, Walla Walla, WA

2014             “Wake”, 4’ X 4’ painting, Kinsley Residence, Washington, D.C.

2014             “Birch #2,” 2’ X 4’ painting, Hill Residence, Washington, D.C.

2014             “Unwind”, 4’ X 4’ painting, Presidential Suite at the Colcord Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK

2014             6 Large-scale paintings, Vitality Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK

2014             2 Large-scale paintings and 2 sculptures, Hoffman Residence, Oklahoma City, OK

2013             3 Large-scale paintings, Smith Residence, Oklahoma City, OK

2012             “Untitled,” 3’ X 5’ painting, Keels Residence, Edmond, OK

2011             “Turquoise,” 4’ X 8’ painting, Keels Residence, Edmond, OK

2011             “Brocade #2,” 4’ X 4’ painting, Lewis Orthodontics, Edmond, OK

2011             12 individual small & large-scale paintings, Smith Residence, Edmond, OK

2010             “Shaolin 5 animals,” 4’ X 32’ mural, Dr. Black Belt Martial Arts, OK

2010             “Fighting Styles,” 4’ X 48’ mural, Dr. Black Belt Martial Arts, OK

1995             “Oriental Sea Side,” outdoor & indoor murals, Allecia Residence, Oriental, NY

Public

2014             6 Large scale paintings, Oklahoma City Thunder VIP Lounge, Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

Publications + Print Media

Horton, Greg. Good Taste, Oklahoma Gazette, November 5, 2014, p.23

McDonell. Brandy, Wings of Art, The Daily Oklahoman, March 23, 2014

Spielman, Sasha, Soundscapes, Art Focus, May/June 2013, May/June 2013

Paul, Karen. Contemporary Explorations, Art Focus, Jan/Feb 2013, p.16

McDonell. Brandy, Soundscapes, The Daily Oklahoman, Feb 8, 2013

Tipton, Karlie. Recycle of Life, Oklahoma Today, Nov/Dec 2012, p. 87

Johnson, Liz. FRINGE: A Refuge For Emerging Artists, UCO Impressions, 2012/2013

Cantu, Mia. Fringe Group, Oklahoma Gazette, May 2012, p.55

Brewer, Krystle. Fringe: I See What You Are Saying, Art Focus, May 2012

Shelden, Darla. I See What You Are Saying, The City Sentinel, May 17 — 23 2012, p.6

Schmidt, Anne. Art Wear Open House, Edmond Life & Leisure, Dec 2011, p.30

Anderson, Kent. Style to Spare, Slice Magazine, Aug 2011, p.57 & 59

Television

Documentary

OETA. Gallery Episode: On the Fringe, June 2012

Interviews

FOX 25. Fringe: Swoon, Dec 2013

KSBI. Oklahoma Live: Fringe: Make Art not Trash, July 2012

FOX 25. Fringe: I See What You Are Saying, May 2012

KSBI. Oklahoma Live: Fringe: Groj, Dec 2011

Oklavision. Fringe: Link Premier, Sept 2011

Fox 25. Fringe: Link Premier, Sept 2011

Lecture + Workshops

Lecture/Presentation: “Intersect: Art + Design,” Oklahoma Sculpture Society, Oklahoma City, OK, Feb 13, 2014

Workshop: Artist Inc., Oklahoma City, OK, Oct 20—Nov 18, 2014

Art Related Employment

March 2014             Instructor, Drawing the Human Skull, Museum of Osteology,                                                                                     Oklahoma City, OK

2012                         Instructor, OM Art Camp, Oklahoma City, OK

Gallery Affiliation + Representation

Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

Other Related Professional Experience

Employment

2011 — 2006             Marketing Director, Sidewall Distribution, Oklahoma City, OK

2011 — 2006             Art Director, Hoffman Bikes, Oklahoma City, OK

2006 — 2001             Graphic Designer, Hoffman Bikes, Oklahoma City, OK

2002 — 2001             Graphic Designer, Century Martial Arts, Mid-West City, OK

2001 — 2000             Graphic Designer, New West Group, Oklahoma City, OK

2000 — 1999             Graphic Designer, Fleming Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK

1999 — 1997             Graphic Designer, Spectrum Manufacturing, Norman, OK

Freelance

Present — 2000             Owner, Christie Owen Art & Design, Edmond, OK

Awards

2013             Honorable Mention – Paseo Container Contest, Paseo Arts Association, OK

Scholarships

1990             Nazareth College Summer Art Camp, Rochester, NY

Apprenticeship

2011             David Phelps Sculpture Studio, Oklahoma City, OK

Residency

2012             Cynthia Curry Sculpture Studio, Edmond, OK

Organizations & Memberships

Present — 2011             Vice President & Marketing Director, Fringe (Oklahoma Women’s Art Organization)

Present —2011             Membership, Individual Artists of Oklahoma

Present — 2011             Membership, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

Present — 2011             Membership, Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Volunteer

Present — 2011                         Vice President & Marketing Director, Fringe (Oklahoma Women’s Art Organization)

Present — 2011                         Instructor, Special Care Inc., OK

2013                                     Wings of Art, Marketing & Media Director, Event Organizer & Curator, OK

2011                                     Instructor, Edmond Public Schools, OK