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Owen Mortensen

Recognizing the inherent aesthetic qualities of organic objects is at the heart of Owen’s work. Although often unnoticed, these natural design elements are quite dramatic and beautiful (e.g. the veining of a leaf, the sculptural form of a bleached bone, the texture of a popped kernel of corn). Combining these qualities with clean, simple design distinguishes Owen’s unique art form as he studies the interplay of organic elements juxtaposed with precise design. Often geometric in design, his work also explores repetition of both positive and negative shapes. Influenced by two contemporary European artists, Andy Goldsworthy and Chris Drury, Owen strives to set his work apart in an exciting new genre of art and design labeled by some as Organic Modernism. Owen hopes that his work will inspire viewers to literally stop to smell the roses and realize the intense beauty found in the everyday, mundane objects of nature. With undergraduate degrees in both Liberal Arts and German from Utah State University, Owen fulfilled prerequisites for architecture studies, which included many art and design classes. Simultaneously, Owen began creating and selling his first pieces of botanical art. After completing two years of post-graduate work in architecture at the University of Utah, he realized that his true passion was creating and marketing his leaf art. Owen believes his best training came from his childhood and the hundreds of hours spent exploring every natural element along the rural, irrigation canal behind his home in Northern Utah.


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