About the Artist Georgette Owens: Georgette Owens, who was born in Paris, France, gained fame during the mid-twenty-first century for her modern, abstract paintings. Her works, which are often very gestural and colorful, have been compared to the work of Kandinsky and Mondrian. Indeed, Owens’ work conveys a similar sense of rhythm and movement as these modernist giants.
Owens began her painting career at sixteen, when she started her course of study at the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts. During her time there, she was introduced to the cubist painter Andre Lhote, and went to study under him at his studio in Montparnasse. Lhote was well-connected within the art world of the time, and he introduced Owens to many influential artists, including Pablo Picasso. Owens visited Picasso several times at his studio, and the two became friendly acquaintances. When Owens had her first exhibition, at the Galerie Poirier in Montparnasse, Picasso was in attendance to congratulate her. In addition to her exhibition at the Galerie Poirier, during her time in France she also exhibited her work at the Musee des Beaux arts, the Musee d’Art Moderne, the Salon des Independants, and at the Grand Palais for the Biennale des Femmes in 1990.
After marrying her husband, American officer Frank Owens, the artist relocated to New York, where she was readily accepted by the art world, exhibiting at several Madison Avenue galleries, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art. In New York, she also met the great surrealist artist Salvador Dali, who became a mentor and friend. Owens is still working today, and in addition to her respected body of work, her legacy will also include her formation of her non-profit, the Association of Women Artist.
Nazmiyal is pleased to add a Georgette Owens piece to its collection. Composed in fiery reds and oranges, contrasted with blues, this lively geometric vintage tapestry, titled “The Earth Quarter,” is a wonderful example of Owens’ work. The separation of the composition into three distinct sections adds to the implied motion within the piece, while its restrained use of color unifies the tapestry as a whole. This work would make a lovely addition to any home, office, or collection of artwork.