CO Art & Design creates art work and modern custom made 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 and  furniture is customized with the best quality and high end materials. 

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“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.” —CO

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.

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. Restless in elementary school, Christie discovered that art was a subject she could focus on and identify with. 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 gave her students a studio tour and 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 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 creates an array of 2D and 3D art while freelancing graphic design services. 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

1993 University of Central Oklahoma, Fine Arts Undergraduate Studies

Exhibitions

Invitational

2013 Refreshing the Palette, Metro Wine Bar & Bistro & 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 — Honorable Mention Award

2013 Reverie, AKA Gallery, OK

2013 Locus, Istvan Gallery, OK

2013 Chandelier, Living Arts, OK

2013 Gallery Walk, Studio Six, 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 3 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 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

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

Awards

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

Commissions

Private

2013 3 Large paintings, Smith Residence, OK

2012 Untitled, 3’ X 5’ painting, Keels Residence, OK

2011 Turquoise, 4’ X 8’ painting, Keels Residence, OK

2011 — 2009 12 individual small & large scale paintings, Smith Residence, OK

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

Public

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

Publications

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

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. Artwear Open House, Edmond Life & Leisure, Dec 2011, p.30

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

Documentary

OETA. Gallery Episode: On the Fringe, June 2012

Art Related Employment

Present — 2012 Instructor, OM Art Camp, Oklahoma City, OK

Present — 2010 Owner, Christie Owen Art & Design, Edmond, OK

2012 — 2011 Apprenticeship, Phelps Sculpture Studio, Oklahoma City, OK

Other Professional Experience

Employment

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

2011 — 2006 Marketing 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 CO Art & Design, Marketing & Graphic Design

Present — 2000 Graphic Design, Hoffman Sports Association & Hoffman Bikes, Oklahoma City, OK

2011 — 2004 Marketing & Graphic Design, Shadid Fine Art, Edmond, OK

Organizations & Memberships

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

Present — 2011 Membership, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

Present — 2011 Membership, Oklahoma City Museum of Art

 Scholarships

1990 Nazareth College Summer Art Camp, Rochester, NY

 Residency

2012 Cynthia Curry Sculpture Studio, Edmond, OK

 Volunteer

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

Present — 2011 Instructor, Special Care Inc., OK

2011 Instructor, Edmond Public Schools, OK