Born in Sydney, Robert Owen studied sculpture at the National Art School, Sydney and Graduated in 1962. Owen then lived in Greece from 1963 to 1966 and in London until 1975 when he returned again to Sydney. In 1988, Owen moved to Melbourne and was Associate Professor and Head of Sculpture at RMIT University until 2001.
For decades Robert Owen’s artistic practice has moved between painting and sculpture, forming an intricate dialogue link between these mediums, but maintaining interdependence. Some of Owen’s earlier works produced in the 1980s are a hybrid of the two; installations such as the important Re-vision (Melancolia) (1987) explore the interplay of the two dimensional and the three dimensional, painting and sculpture, drawn geometries on flat planes and modelled wooden shapes on the floor. This is an ever-present investigation in Owen’s practice, as he continues to explore colour, form, spatial geometry and light.