Owen’s main artistic activity is to print books. But cards and other brochures also fall into his remit. Sculpture is also a great love, mainly of objects which can be also used as furniture such as chairs and tables. Wall hanging constructions abound.
He produces limited edition hand-printed letterpress books usually illustrated with linocuts, always using traditional materials and equipment. His first book in 1972 cut all the text of The Armourers Play in lino, but since then all have been printed with hand-set movable metal type.
Owen’s next public outing is at Southampton’s “Wayzgoose” in St Denys Community Hall on 22nd September 2018.
November 2018 sees him at the Oxford Guild of Printers’ Book Fair. This is back at Brooke’s University. A new range of greeting cards will be available as well as the litho/letter press book about Venice.
His current presses are:
1. A Victorian nipping press for printing greeting cards with original linocuts
2. An Adana 8 x 5 which is used for text in small books & cards
3. A treadle press Cropper of 1866 on which he prints print larger books