Chris Owen Biography Continued:
Chris Owen's iconic cowboy paintings are inspired by the mystique and legend of the American Cowboy and the culture and lifestyle of the American West.
Chris' work has won the Museum Purchase Award at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor’s Invitational Western Art Show, Cheyenne, WY. At the National Western Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, CO, he was awarded featured artist and won the National Western Permanent Collection Purchase Award. At the Graphic Arts Industry's 2006 international competition in Chicago, IL, the print titled “A Cowboy’s Morning” won the Benjamin Franklin “Benny” award for best giclee print. Chris' work is in the permanent collection at the Pearce Western Art Collection, Corsicana, TX. He has exhibited at the C.M. Russell Art Auction, Great Falls, MT, and Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY.
In 2006, a giclee of the Owen’s painting, “A Cowboy’s Morning,” won the very prestigious international Benny Award for the finest giclee of the year. In 2003, he was the official poster artist for the Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, where he also exhibits annually. In addition, Owen has won the “Museum Purchase” and “Limited Edition Print Artist” awards at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, Governor’s Invitational Art Show.
Owen studied fine art at Montana State University and was awarded a scholarship to study at the acclaimed Art Center college of Design in Los Angeles where he studied for two years.
Growing up in Montana and spending summers on his grandparents’ ranch inspired Owen’s love of the western way of life. His grandpa’s tales of having met C. M. Russell also added to the artist’s desire to express his love of the West through his work. With this background, Owen’s personal experience and research allow him to portray the romance of the West as few artists can. On his canvases, the artist bears the hopes, dreams, and passions, not only for himself, but for all who desire to live in the spirit of the American West.
Owen states, “The cowboy endures as the foremost American icon. He is the most compelling of characters and, due to his romantic lifestyle and unique personality, a natural subject of artistic interest. His ongoing endurance as the premier American cultural hero stands as testament to the spirit and values that have made the people of the West great.”
The artist lives and paints outside of Billings, Montana.