Lot 400 - Sikelela Owen - Untitled (Sis)
Oil on Canvas Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso
Sikelela Owen was born in 1984, in London where she lives and works in London.
Owens work is made up predominately of loose figure paintings, drawings, and prints of friends, family, and people of interest. Ideas of community and intimacy are central to the artist’s work. The work draws from the history of paintings, personal imagery and through the collection of wider imagery so readily available.
The use of undefined spaces and underpainting brings a certain distance and unpredictability to the work as the figures enacting everyday rites and in their moments of leisure.
Sikelelea Owen holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools in 2012.
Owen is a recipient of the Abbey Fellowship at the British School at Rome (2019), Spaces Award 2021, the commission at King's Cross Hospital with hospital Rooms Charity and her work was featured in 2015 Thames and Hudson publication ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’.
Owen has exhibited nationally and internationally. Including solo exhibition at the James Freeman Gallery (2020): HSBC space London (2018) and LdM University Gallery, Florence (2020). Group exhibitions include Mall Gallery, London (2020), Gesso Space, Vienna (2019); Jerwood Space, West Sussex (2015) and Spaces, London (2017).
About the postcard artwork
Each work features a young girl including my Aunt Viv and my cousins. The reference images span from 1969 to 2015 and are across geographies from Jamacia to Southend-on-sea. For some of the young woman, their story has been concluded such as in Viv's case. While for youngest their journey is just beginning.
Yet all four women are brave, they laugh and cry just like the woman described in the poem and whom the Hep C trust help.