Owen York was born in Libertyville and raised in Round Lake Beach, both Chicago, IL suburbs.
As a child, he would paint, draw and write stories. He won Young Author Awards and was in gifted programs. He played the piano and three types of saxophone. In elementary school he was introduced to the French Impressionists, which would heavily influence his work.
At age 11, he came up with the character called “Greek” (the green alien profile portrayed in the Owen York Studios logo). Around Greek was created many stories, characters, planets and an entire universe which he continues to create to this day. Naturally, Greek became the logo for his art studio, as well as a continuous series of his Fine Art.
In his teens, he continued his art and writing endeavors, particularly focusing on Fine Art, poetry, essays and literature. Here his art was additionally influenced by rock music, science-fiction, film, video games and comic books.
He received his degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. This school was chosen for its access to professional working techniques, media and many well-known alumni. It is here he honed his craft as a figure and portrait artist, which led to many commissioned works. Though he received a degree in Illustration, this was not pursued. However, the academic experience did very much influence his work.
In his twenties, being interested in film, he started acting as a launchpad. He earned a respectable résumé of indie film, TV, radio and commercial work. He continued as an artist in these years, refining his style and body of work.
After traversing many of The Arts, in 2008, he decided to focus strictly on Fine Art. His work from that point to modern day has been additionally influenced by American culture, politics, government, patriotism, business, firearms, portraits of American life and post-apocalyptic themes. He works primarily in mixed-media and considers himself a Modern Impressionist.
In addition to his art studio, in 2009 he became further interested in firearms, which developed from a hobby into a full-on business in the firearms industry. He founded the Gun Industry Marketplace, an online marketing and advertising platform for the Firearms Industry, which he continues to run to this day.
He is an avid supporter of the Second Amendment, the U.S. Constitution and Human Rights. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his lovely wife and three beautiful children.