I’m an Artist.
To promote unity, truth and understanding using aesthetics, through my art and as an artist.
As an artist I am the real deal. I’ve lived it and I do it. I am myself. I don’t feel the need to wear a personality to BE an artist or to fit into what others think an artist is or should be. I let my work do the talking. I’m a bit of a rebel at heart and I like it that way.
A purpose of mine is to lead by example and to assist The Arts, especially where it has been ruined, damaged, or falsified.
I had a realization once– some of the longest surviving pieces of the past are writing and painting. Physical art. Physical language. You could say “physical communication”. Some are tens of thousands of years old and more. This is one reason I decided to focus solely on my Fine Art instead of past endeavors. If a painting can survive hundreds or thousands of years and be worth tens of millions of dollars, then there must be something of magical value in a single piece of art. Some undefinable quantity…
Nothing brings together mankind like The Arts– a great film, a song, a painting. Amongst my Mission is “unity”. Now is a time of division. Isn’t it worthwhile to repair and protect the Great Unifier?
Owen York was born on June 5th, 1978 in Libertyville, IL. He was raised in Round Lake Beach, IL– a far north suburb of Chicago. He has lived mainly between Chicagoland, Tampa Bay, FL, and Nashville, TN.
He has been doing art for as long as he can remember. As a child, he would paint, draw and write stories. He won Young Author Awards and was in a gifted program for several years. He played the piano, as well as the alto, tenor and baritone saxophones for years. It was in 2nd Grade he decided what to do with his life. In his later Elementary School ages he was introduced to the French Impressionists, which would heavily influence his work from his teens and on. Claude Monet was a favorite, having seen a Monet exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.
In his teens, he continued both his art and writing endeavors, particularly focusing on his Fine Art, poetry, essays and Literature. Here his art was additionally influenced by Rock music, science-fiction, film and even comic books.
He continued his education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. This school was chosen for the skills he would develop being able to experience many professional techniques and media, and the many well-known alumni who had attended the Academy. It is here that he honed his craft as a figure and portrait artist, which led to his renown as a portrait artist and many commissioned works. Though degreed in Illustration, after graduating he quickly switched gears back to his Fine Art, as doing freelance work in both digital design and illustration was not his original goal as an artist .
In his 20’s, being interested in writing for film and direction (as one of his favorite filmmakers, Akira Kurosawa, had done– an artist turned filmmaker), he got into acting as a launchpad. He earned a respectable resume of indie film, TV, radio and commercial work. He continued as an artist in these years, continually refining his style and his body of sold works & commissions.
Finally in 2008, he decided to focus strictly on his Fine Art, having traversed many of The Arts. Fine Art was where he began, and ended up. He credits his current work and style to many of the experiences and influences of these times, environments and industries.
Preferring water-based media, Owen York mainly works in watercolors and acrylics, with occasional mixed media. He has coined his style as “Modern American Impressionism” as as tribute to the Impressionist Masters, and also in looking through the categorizations of Art, finding none that he felt described his Art correctly.
Hence, the “Modern American Impressionist”.
He currently resides with his wife and two children in Nashville, TN.