Owen will be opening up his studio to show his work in progress pieces and discuss his process. There will be two sessions. The first begins at 6pm and run for 30 minutes. The second session begins at 6:30pm and ends at 7pm.
“I love the physical task of building my surface before the long, contemplative process of painting on it. This helps me to see the painting as a physical object, an almost but not quite flat sculpture, rather than just an image. Breaking the rectangle presents infinite compositional possibilities, so that every painting becomes undeniably my own subjective response to what we call observed reality. I find truth in this approach. Reality has always been a very subjective experience for me.”
Owen de Forge is a figurative painter based in Dublin, Ireland. Since graduating from Animation at BCFE in 2019 he has dedicated himself full time to painting. His primary stream of work is a series of paintings on hand made non-rectangular constructions, supported by observational studies of figures and landscapes. In 2021 he was shortlisted for the Hennessy Craig Award at the 191st RHA Annual Exhibition. He has featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland, including Twentysomething (Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, 2021), RISING 2021 (Hang Tough Contemporary, Dublin), 139th Annual Exhibition (Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Belfast, 2020). His work is included in public and private collections such as The OPW Irish State Art Collection, NI Civil Service Art Collection, and Trinity College Dublin’s University Art Collections.