The following is a new article on Owen Pointon that appeared at Birb Observer on 17 November 2018
Owen Pointon’s art (FB) (IG) showcases Australia’s amazing Atherton Tableland, a fertile plateau in Queensland’s Great Dividing Range. The Tableland includes rain forest, savannah, and wetlands and so furnishes welcoming habitats to a huge array of species. While this article primarily features his avian pieces, Owen produces an abundance of other wildlife pieces.
Self-taught, this painter in acrylic exemplifies traditional Australian style accented by a unique fullness and vitality centered in the careful crafting of colour and form. Having now produced a certain corpus of work, Owen finds his work gains increasing recognition. In August 2017, his work became available internationally through www.buyartnow.com. Fortunately, Owen makes reproductions available in a variety of tasteful forms that allows art aficionados to integrate the beauty of nature into their daily lives. Sales of Mr. Pointon’s work benefit Queensland’s Durong Dingo Sanctuary.
Raised in farming country, Owen remembers “playing in the bush, catching yabbies in the creek that ran through our patch of bush,” and particularly the “smell of gum trees, the leaves that are twisted, the bark and twisted branches.” The Australian bush filled Owen’s soul with the redolence of life, from the magnificence of the landscape to the entrancing character of its wildlife. By the age of ten, Owen was memorializing nature scenes in drawings.
Owen’s family contributed genes unique to artistic talent, and the surrounding culture well-cultivated that aspect of character. Owen understands his own artistic development as the combined influences of culture and genes: while anyone can learn to draw, the ability to match and manipulate colors to previously unseen objects — the stuff of commissions — comes as a hereditary gift, he believes.