Owen Johnson’s practice examines pattern from a position of passionately informed irreverence, challenging 20th century practices of appropriation by exploring historically significant ornamental pattern structures and motifs. Each pattern is ‘mistranslated’ into the material language of glass, a process that changes its context, allowing each artwork to examine unlikely abstract rhythms, pushing the boundaries of each patterns experience.
Currently residing in Toronto, Owen grew up in Australia. He completed a B.A. in Glass at the Australian National University, and an Honours in Visual Art at Monash University, before receiving a Ph.D. from the Royal College of Art in London, UK.
Owen was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence programme and awarded a scholarship in 2015.