ARTWALK : Michael Owen


Vinyl house beats from two established Richmond DJ’s that will be providing the soundtrack for live art painting from 7-10pm. Prints and love t-shirts available to purchase during the artwalk and for the remaining days of September.

MICHAEL OWEN : ARTIST BIO (Baltimore, MD)

Michael Owen is a contemporary painter who has already reached milestones in his young career. From large-scale public art commissions to solo exhibitions in top galleries, Michael’s style continues to evolve as he challenges himself with each new project he undertakes. Visually, Michael’s work uses bold, graphic imagery to pull the viewer into the piece, to divulge softer and intimate messages and metaphors. While his work could be classified as figurative, its subtle compositional details and deep meanings are reminiscent of a more conceptual genre. Typically, less is more in Michael’s work as he employs minimalism to access a wider audience, allowing more room for each viewer to insert his own story.

Michael is the founder and lead artist of the Baltimore Love Project, a self-initiated series of 20 love-themed murals spread throughout the city. The Baltimore Love Project has been on the cover of both the Baltimore Sun and b! Daily, and has been featured by the prestigious Wooster Collective. Michael is also the artist behind one of the nation’s longest murals, also located in Baltimore, covering both sides of a quarter-mile underpass along well-known Eastern Avenue. In addition, he was commissioned to install an indoor/outdoor, multi- story mural for the city of Anaheim, CA. Most recently, Michael Owen was commissioned to create the art concept for a 3,000- square ft mural in Maryland as part of the event “Pavement to Prairie Project”, a partnership between the Vans Warped Tour and Blue Water Baltimore in June of 2011.

Michael currently lives and works as an Artist-in-Residence at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore’s Highlandtown Arts District.

JESSE SPLIT b2b OMAR FAISON  (Turnstyle/Topheavy.net / RVA)

ALL Ages // 7-10 PM @ TURNSTYLE