Eraser Drawing (portrait of Greta Garbo)

About Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen’s art-making practice harnesses the power of reduction to reveal the essence of an artwork. Using a basic eraser, he makes two-dimensional “carvings” into preexisting photographs published in books. His work, which has been described as a kind of “elegant vandalism,” is both transformative and subtractive; it contains palimpsests and traces but no definitive evidence of the original images. Owen also incises already formed three-dimensional statues, bringing out the latent abstract forms and negative space within.

British, b. 1973

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Jonathan Owen, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2014
Jonathan Owen, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh