[Chesapeake Energy Arena Thunder Family VIP Lounge // photo: Rob Ferguson]

[Chesapeake Energy Arena Thunder Family VIP Lounge // photo: Rob Ferguson]

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.

[Chesapeake Energy Arena Thunder Family VIP Lounge // photo: Rob Ferguson]

[Chesapeake Energy Arena Thunder Family VIP Lounge // photo: Rob Ferguson]

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, online 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.

 

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 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.

 

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

2018

Omelette Party, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, OK

2017

Hackler & Owen, Duo Show, Hazel Modella Gallery, OK

Choices, Western Cowboy Heritage Hall of Fame, OK

12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

Omelette Party, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, OK

Artini, Allied Arts, OK

2016

Choices, Western Cowboy Heritage Hall of Fame, OK

Noche Cubana, Mainsite Contemporary, OK

Artini Arcade, Allied Arts, OK

Design Appetit, Cox Convention Center, OK

Art Now, Oklahoma Contemporary, OK

2015

Choices, Western Cowboy Heritage Hall of Fame, OK

12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

2014

Choices, Western Cowboy Heritage Hall of Fame, OK

Featured Artist, Dreamer Concepts, OK

Refreshing the Palette, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, OK

Red Dot, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OK

12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

2013

Refreshing the Palette, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, OK

Red Dot, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OK

12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

Sculpture Park, Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, OK

Soundscapes, Science Museum, OK

2012

The Unexplored, Mainsite Contemporary Art, OK

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

Red Dot, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OK

12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

2011

12 X 12, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, OK

Group

2017 

Fringe @ The Art Hall, OK

Fringe @ Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery, OK

2016

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen with Rick & Tracey Bewley, Verbode, OK

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen & Matt Goad, Verbode, OK

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen with Joe & Angela Slack, Verbode, OK

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen, Ashley Griffith & Christie Hackler, Verbode, OK

 Awake: Christie Owen & Brandi Downham, Graphite Gallery, OK

2015

Artober Fest, Graphite Elements + Design, OK

Plaza Fest, Graphite Elements + Design, OK

FRINGE, 1219 Creative Space, OK

2014

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

2013

Swoon, Istvan Gallery, OK

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

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

Paseo Container Show, Paseo Arts Association

Reverie, AKA Gallery, OK

Locus, Istvan Gallery, OK

Chandelier, Living Arts, OK

2012

Holiday Open House, Drishti Galleri, OK

The White Show, AKA Gallery, OK

Make Art Not Trash, Fringe Gallery, OK

Evolve, Fringe Gallery, OK

I See What You Are Saying, Fringe Gallery, OK

2011

Link, 611 Creative, OK

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

2016

Surroundings: Solo Exhibition, Gaylord-Pickens Museum Oklahoma Hall of Fame, OK

2015

All in All: Painting + Sculpture, Solo Exhibition, Verbode, OK

2014

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

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

2013

Featured Furniture Artist at DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK

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

Gallery Walk: Featured Artist, Studio Six, OK

2012

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

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

2010

Selected Works by Christie Owen, Vintage Coffee, OK

Curating + Event Organization

2017

Fringe, The Art Hall, OK

Fringe, Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery, OK

2016

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen with Rick & Tracey Bewley, Verbode, OK

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen & Matt Goad, Verbode, OK

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen with Joe & Angela Slack, Verbode, OK

Urbancore Artist Exhibition: Christie Owen, Ashley Griffith & Christie Hackler, Verbode, OK

2015

Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition 12×12 Annual Fundraiser Event Committee Member, OK

2013

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

Swoon, Istvan Gallery, OK

Locus, Istvan Gallery, OK

2012

The White Show, AKA Gallery, OK

Make Art Not Trash, Fringe Gallery

Evolve, Fringe Gallery, OK

I See What You Are Saying, Fringe Gallery, OK

2011

Link, 611 Creative, OK

Commissions

Private

2017 

24″ x 48″ Painting, Ramsdell Residence / Raleigh, NC

2016

3 Large-scale paintings, Marcum Residence / Coyote Ridge, Purcell, OK

“Sundown”, 24″ x 36″ x 2″ Painting, Schmidt Residence, Oklahoma City, OK     

2015

“Sugar Mountain #3,” 4′ x 6′ Painting, Bates Residence, Oklahoma City, OK

American Institute of Architects Awards, Oklahoma City, OK

2014

“Wake”, 4’ X 4’ painting, Kinsley Residence, Washington, DC

“Birch #2,” 2’ X 4’ painting, Hill Residence, Washington, DC

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

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

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

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

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

2010

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

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

1995

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

Public

2017

Painting Installation: City of Edmond, OK

2015

Art on the Town Installation of Prints: Penn Square Mall, Featured Artist, Oklahoma City, OK

Classen Curve Artist Market: BD Home Featured Artist, Oklahoma City, OK

2014

Oklahoma City Thunder VIP Lounge: 6 Large scale paintings purchased and installed, Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

Publications + Print Media

Cohlmia, Kyle. Oklahoma’s Interior Sun, Christie Owen: Surroundings Solo Exhibition, Oklahoma, Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Aug 2016

Fowler, Jack. Interview, Oklahoma Gazette, Nov 18, 2015

Horton, Greg. Good Taste, Oklahoma Gazette, Nov 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

Workshop: Drawing Skulls Instructor, Skulls Unlimited, Oklahoma City, OK, March 7, 2014

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

2012 

Instructor, OM Art Camp, Oklahoma City, OK

Gallery Affiliation + Representation

Nault Fine Art, Oklahoma City, OK

Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

Perch’d Modern, Oklahoma City, OK

Other Related Professional Experience

Employment

Present — 2007

Owner, Hive Design Team, Oklahoma City, OK

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

2016

Urbancore Artist in Residence, Verbode, Oklahoma City, OK

2012

Cynthia Curry Sculpture Studio, Edmond, OK

Organizations & Memberships

Present — 2011

Co-Founder, Fringe (Oklahoma Women’s Art Organization)

2015 — 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

2015 — 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