Chris Owen
CHRIS OWEN ARTIST
Western Art

Chris Owen

Chris Owen was born in 1967 in the central Montana community of Billings. Summers spent on his Grandparent's ranch in the Judith Basin inspired his love of the western way of life, and his Grandpa's tales of having met the great C.M. Russell helped catalyze the desire to express this love through Art. After studying fine art at Montana State University Billings, Chris was awarded a scholarship to study at the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles. Chris lives West of Billings, Montana.

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Riding for the Brand
Riding for the Brand
Pursuit
Pursuit
Back to Your Mama
Back to Your Mama
Traditions
Traditions
Comfort
Comfort
The Storm
The Storm
Friendship
Friendship
Standing By
Standing By
FLIGHT
Flight
iNDOMITABLE
Indomitable
Together
Together
RESTIN
Restin
THE HORSE WRANGLER
The Horse Wrangler
MORNINGS LIGHT
Mornings Light

A GOOD STRING
A Good String

ROUGH COUNTRY
Rough Country
Almost Home
Almost Home
DAYS END
Days End
PREPARING FOR THE DAY
Preparing for the Day
SHADES OF AUTUMN
Shades of Autumn
Taking Stock
Taking Stock
Lots of Leather
Lots of Leather
Ranch Roping
Ranch Roping
Early Morning
Early Morning
Holding Things Together
Holding Things Together
Keeping the Grit
Keeping the Grit
A Cowboys Morning
A Cowboy's Morning
Tough Enough
Tough Enough
Green Broke
Green Broke
Winding Down
Winding Down
Evening Shadows
Evening Shadows
Hired Hand
Hired Hand
It Takes Heart
It Takes Heart
A Drover
A Drover
Doin' His Job
Doin' His Job
Got 'im
Got 'im
At the Branding
At the Branding
Contemplatin
Contemplatin'
The Mare
The Mare
Gettin Gates
Gettin' Gates
High Steppin
High Steppin
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Chris Owen's paintings portray of the spirit and essence of the American cowboy. Owen depicts the human and equine figures with a genuinely personal and subjective approach, and with a sense of controlled spontaneity. Through his art, he bears the hopes, dreams and passions, not only for himself, but for all who live the American West.

"The Cowboy endures as the foremost American icon. He is the most compelling of characters and due to his romantic lifestyle and unique personality a natural subject of artistic interest. His ongoing endurance as the premier American cultural hero stands as testament to the spirit and values that have made the people of the West great."

Chris Owen's working cowboy themes are a representation of authentic, operating ranch activities. Once known for painting predominantly with gouache, he now paints with oils as well. Mr. Owen majored in art at Montana State University, and was later the recipient of a scholarship to the acclaimed Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he studied for two years. He shows at the Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, Colorado and was their official poster artist in 2003. He also shows at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, Governor's Invitational Art Show where he has won the "Museum Purchase" and "Limited Edition Print Artist" awards. His painting "A Cowboy's Morning" won the international "Benny Award" for the finest Giclee in 2006.

Exhibitions

C.M. Russell Western Art Auction, Great Falls, Montana
March 1998-1999-2001-2005-2006-2007-2008

Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor's Invitational Western Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming
July 1999 - 2008

Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
September 2005 - 2008

National Western Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, Colorado
January 1999 - 2008

Mountain Oyster Western Art Show, Tucson, Arizona
November 2006 - 2008

Awards

Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor's Invitational Western Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming Museum Purchase Award - 2005

Pearce Western Art Collection - Corsicana, Texas
Museum Purchase - 2004

National Western Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, Colorado
Featured Artist - 2003 - The National Western Permanent Collection Purchase Award

Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor's Invitational Western Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Print Artist - 2001

Benny Award for "A Cowboy's Morning" Finest Giclee 2006 in international competition, Chicago, Illinois

Magazine Features

Heartland USA Magazine - May/June 2005

Wildlife Art Magazine - January/February 2005

Southwest Art Magazine - March 2004

Western Horseman Magazine - November 2003

Museums and Permanent Collections

Old West Museum, Cheyenne Wyoming

Pearce Western Art Collection, Corsicana, Texas

National Western, Denver, Colorado