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Owen Fu (Guilin, China; lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)

Represented By Balice Hertling, Paris & Antenna Space, Shanghai

“No story doesn't mean the absence of story, 

There is a story, a story about saying No.”

       Owen Fu moved to the United States when he was still quite young to study. He first studied  philosophy, then art, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). After two bachelors in Philosophy and Art, in 2018, Owen completed an MFA at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.

      Owen’s works are part of the permanent collections of institutions worldwide, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Domus Collection, New York, USA; the K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China; the START Museum, Shanghai, China; the George Economou Collection, Athens, Greece; the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon; and the Juan and Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and among others.

Last Summer, Balice Hertling, Paris, France 
Ordinary Things, O-Town House, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Stealing Beauty, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China 
After Hours, Balice Hertling, Paris, France 
6 self-portraits and one lamp, Gallery Platform LA
Bubbly Hills, Mine Project, Hong Kong, China
Small Talk, O-Town House, Los Angeles, CA, USA 
No Story, Art Center Main Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA 
Body Obsession, Art Center PPR, Pasadena, CA, USA
"Happy ever after"; TaXue Gallery, Shanghai, China
Emoji Expression, New York Art Expo, New York, NY, USA
GROUP (Selected)
Dance This Mess Around Curated By Richard Hull, Patient Info, Chicago, IL, USA
​Palai Project, Balice Hertling, Lecce, Italy
Together in Time, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Beijing Biennial: Magic Square Art and Literature in Mirror Image, Curator BoLiang Shen, Beijing, China
Uncanny Valley,​ Curator Yang Zi, Gagosian, Hong Kong, China
Space, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY, USA
Inner Dims, Sifang Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Trace Image, Deborah Schamoni, Munich, Germany
Exposition N°120 (maybe), Balice Hertling, Paris, France
The Going Away Present For Bruce Hainley, Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Organized by Kristina Kite and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
​Palai Project, Balice Hertling, Lecce, Italy
Who's Afraid of the Great Indoors, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Pathologically Social, organized with Mark Verabioff, O-Town House, Los Angeles, CA, USA 


Winterfest, curated by Saim Demircan, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA
Gennariello (part II), curated by Daniele Balice, Balice Hertling, Paris, France  
About FACE: Cover Me, Curator Ali Subotnick, Gallery Platform LA
David Zwirner Platform: Los Angeles
Condo Complex: Lomex Gallery hosting O-town House, New York
Just Edging 2, Art Center college of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA 
Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA

      If there is not mistaken, it was Virginia Woolf who once described her diary writing as a “loosening of ligaments.” The gray zone of the diary––where autobiography and fantasy intermingle with emotional experience both dark and joyous––seems an apt place to begin with the paintings by Owen Fu.  His works are derived from his observation of the world which contains the double entendre nature with art historical and contemporary reference, sincerity and humor, quirkiness and poeticism. Of all the elements that make a painterly vision, for Owen, it's line that dominates. His paintings put the viewer into a state of flow, moving effortlessly through and across his intuitive use of line, structure, and faux-naïveté.


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