F . J o h n O w e n
& F i o n a O w e n
F i n e A r t i s t s
F I O N A O W E N
I L L U M I N A T I O N S
Fiona paints in oil on panel and gilds her work with 24ct. English gold leaf in the tradition of the Medieval manuscripts. Inspiration for her extraordinarily intricate, lyrical paintings is drawn from her native landscape - the flora and fauna and the changing seasons, and her Celtic inheritance.
She endeavours to capture the elusive Wild Magic that is the genius loci - the spirit unique to each place.
Her paintings are a celebration of, and a homage to, Nature. She works in the tradition of the Mystic Visionaries, from William Blake, Samuel Palmer, Richard Jeffries, through to Cedric Morris, Kathleen Raine and Robin Tanner, and believes this pattern in painting and writing to be a thread through time, existing metaphysically as a united body of consciousness.
For information about the 'Five Valleys Herbal" go to: www.weedsintheheart.org.uk
Below is a slide show of some paintings from this year
The Old Chapel Marle Hill Chalford GL6 8PN
(After raising money for charity for over thirty years the garden has retired!)
F I O N A O W E N
V E R I D I T A S
My seven year herbal apprenticeship continues to inspire my paintings. My path as an Ovate within the course focuses my study on plant alchemy & its symbolism, plant folk-lore, seership and magical herbalism, in the tradition of Paracelsus. The resulting gilded illuminations are woven with myriad layers of potent symbolism with the intention of creating metaphysical invocations of the healing Green Magic of nature.
F . J O H N O W E N
T O U C H I N G A I R
Exploring the invisibility of air in paint is a challenge; how to convey a particular atmosphere in two dimensions in order to create a reality whilst pushing the boundaries of abstraction. This transience of vision is elusive, but in its exploration it is possible to achieve inventive spontaneity. In this collection of work, I have moved between land and sea, capturing the air.
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Having opened the garden for thirty-one years for charity and raised over £17,000, John and Fiona have decided it's time for the garden to retire! It is no longer open to the public; they are looking forward to enjoying it with friends and family.
'WEEDS IN THE HEART'
The second hardback edition of Fiona's new book
'A FIVE VALLEYS HERBAL',
written by Nathaniel Hughes,
a limited edition, signed cloth-bound edition
is also available.
For more information about the book visit
THE BOOK CAN BE BOUGHT AT:
F JOHN OWEN'S AND FIONA OWEN'S
WORK CAN NOW BE SEEN ALL
THROUGH THE YEAR AT :
'THE LION HOUSE GALLERY'
12 HIGH ST, LAVENHAM , SUFFOLK , CO10 9PR
TEL; 01787 249616
Open 11 - 5 (closed Wed & Thurs)
F I O N A ' S P A I N T E D G L O B E
EXHIBITED AT THE
THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, LONDON
EXHIBITION OF GLOBES
Fiona completed her globe, she had been working on for fifteen months and
it is titled 'Terra Incognita'. This is a development from an exhibition in which she had explored alternative reality of Dream Time. The migrating spiral of flying creatures represents a vivid dream in which she saw all the birds of the air migrating in a southerly direction. The gilded lines that criss-cross the globe emanate from the fingertips of the bird-headed Shaman at the equator and represent the Anglo Saxon concept of the web of Wyrd which they believed connects every living thing.
Medici Society Gallery, London, UK ( from 1981 to 1991)
Sagert Gallery, Berlin, GER
Nailsworth Gallery, Berlin, GER
Nevill Gallery, Bath, UK
Lane Gallery, Key West, USA
Diva Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Diva Gallery, Long Island, NY, USA
Southshore Art Center, Boston, USA
John exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for ten years from 1984.
SEE BOTTOM OF THIS WEBSITE FOR DETAILS OF FREDDIE OWEN - WRITER
F R E D D I E O W E N
' W H A T H O ! G I O T T O '
The long summer visits to Italy, its landscape, people and culture (and vino!) have inspired F. John Owen to start writing under the pen-name Freddie Owen.
"There suddenly seemed to be the time and energy to try a different kind of creative activity and I have found writing very enjoyable and engaging; it's the culmination of years of ideas and thoughts and 'getting it all down' has proved very cathartic."
There are two books: 'What Ho! Giotto' is an autobiographical tale of a lifetime of painting and gardens, and the fufillment of a dream by creating a studio and garden in Italy. It has a sketch at the start of each chapter taken from drawing books that were made during his family's travels in Italy. The paperback version now has 20 B/W illustrations going back thirty years to his early paintings. ( above is one of the pencil illustrations)
The second book; 'THE WOODSTOCK TALES' was inspired by a friend at art school who went to Woodstock Festival in the back of a dark truck; throughout the night they told each other stories and swore to stay together through the weekend event... however when the doors opened, they fell into the 500,000 strong crowd and disappeared. They only knew each other by voice and none of them ever met again. This story is a retelling of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but now with a bunch of hippies, a Vietnam veteran, a black Reverend, soft-porn merchant, a woman's libber etc. in a van on the way to the Woodstock festival, 1969.
' What Ho! Giotto' is available as a paperback from www.Lulu.com and both books available from Amazon as both paperbacks and Kindle ebooks.
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All text and images copyright © John and Fiona Owen 2009