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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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  1. Weathered reeds and bamboo garden stakes are each selectively torched black to accentuate a simple, circular pattern.

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    $1,950.00
  2. The Chinese Chestnut (AKA: Bull Pod or Bat Nut) is perhaps the most unearthly looking seed pods in existence. One of the pods is painted red for visual interest.

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    $450.00
  3. The seed pod of the Golden Rain Tree has a simple, heart-shaped design with one or two black, pearl-sized seeds. This piece explores repetition of pattern as hundreds of pods are arranged in a grid.

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    $1,800.00
  4. The Paper Birch tree gets its name in the way the bark peels in paper thin layers. This piece explores the tonal and textural change that occurs within the various layers of bark. All from the same tree, each layer is meticulously cut and separated to reveal these different layers.

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    $1,800.00
  5. Hundreds of orange Zinnias are pressed and dried and then arranged into clusters with stems radiating outward. Designed to hang vertical or horizontal.

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    $980.00
  6. Georgia O'Keeffe once said, "Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished." Whether your wall is colored sky blue or not, a set of actual bison skulls adds both texture and intrigue to any wall as natural art. Indeed, there is something wonderful about the simple beauty of nature.

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    $1,200.00

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