10/24/2008

Fiona Owen Showcase





In these days of uncertainty and gloom, isn’t it nice to know that there are artists in the world who are creating work of such beauty and expertise that could rival any of the past masters who created the illuminated manuscripts of bygone years? One such artist is Fiona Owen who paints the most exquisite works of art using oil paint on panel and then gilding her work with 24 carat gold in the tradition of the mediaeval manuscripts.

I first became aware of this artist when I received the most beautiful Christmas card, published by The Medici Society, many years ago. It was one of those cards “too lovely to throw away”; I still have it, together with other cards produced over subsequent years and also a baby record book, which Fiona illustrated.

It was my good fortune, in the late eighties, to be invited to provide illustrations for “Little Grey Rabbit’s Country Book”, I learnt later that the publisher wanted Fiona to do the work but she was unable to undertake the task due to family commitments. In those days The Medici Society had an art gallery next door to Collins the publisher and the art director I worked with had first come across Fiona’s work through the gallery. I was very flattered to be given the commission and felt that I had a great deal to live up to knowing the quality of work required.

I have never forgotten Fiona’s work and was delighted to find that she has a website which shows many examples of the new work she is now producing. She has very kindly allowed me to show her artwork here, I know that you will enjoy visiting her site and learning more about her work and her most amazing home and garden.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking me to the Owens'. I like his paintings a lot too and reckon I may have received cards over the years with Fiona's work but never delved further. The wonders of the internet. liZZie

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  2. I am just full of admiration for the quality and quantity of work you are able to post. Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. That was a lovely diversion on a Friday afternoon - thank you.

    Celia

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  4. Her work is really stunning and I like the dream like quality of her husband's work also. I am always amazed how many talented artists there are, each with their unique interpretation of the world we see. It is wonderful to see the world through their "eyes"!Thank you for sharing!

    Gillian

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  5. Very beautiful and meticulous work .

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  6. Beautiful! The third one is especially nice.

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  7. Lovely to see Fiona Owens beautiful work here, her moths are lovely. I have her birthday book by Medici Society, bought probably 25 years ago and still in use.

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  8. Beautiful work!
    I love the way she uses gold. I would like to try that.
    Thankyou for sharing Valerie.

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  9. Just amazing work! Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing her!

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  10. Gosh, isn't her work incredible? Thanks for letting us know about her!

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  11. The colours in Fiona Owen's illustrations are amazing - I visited the website and really liked her husband John's work too - their home and garden looks wonderful.

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  12. Such beautiful, beautiful works.
    Another addition to my 'Amazing Illustrators' mental folder :D .

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  13. I am fortunate enought to own one of Fionas'paintings called 'I only tell of sunny hours' it is of a sundial, sunflowers and bees. It is exquisite and I enjoy it every day. What a talented lady.

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