Concordia University, BFA Sculpture (With Great Distinction)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, BA Technical & Production Arts
B. D. Owens is a multi-disciplinary artist based near Helensburgh, Scotland. In 2017, he graduated (With Distinction) from the Art, Society & Publics MFA Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Previously, he studied at Concordia University, in Montreal, gaining a BFA in Sculpture (With Great Distinction), and also at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland earning a BA in Technical & Production Arts.
In 2017, he won the Fife Fine Arts Society Prize which funded his one month artist residency at betOnest (Stople, Germany). He has shown his work in group shows in Montreal (RQS), New York (MIX NYC), Dundee (Masters Show), Glasgow (Radiophrenia), Stolpe (betOnfest) and Edinburgh (Screams and Whispers). His poetry has been published in We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology, New Writing Scotland 34 and has been shortlisted in the Jupiter Artland: Inspired to Write Poetry and Prose Competition. In Feburary 2019, he read his poems and took part in a panel discussion at GoMA Glasgow as part of the We Were Always Here: Queer Times event. In March 2019, ecoartscotland commissioned and published his film review of Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure.
Since 2015, he has served on the volunteer Executive Committee of the Scottish Artists Union, and he was a core-team volunteer for both of the GLITCH Festivals in Glasgow.
B. D. Owens develops his conceptual ideas while walking and writing. Text, multi-layered interpretation and language-play are threads that run through his work. He uses materials and locations for their semiotic value, particularly in terms of historical, cultural and geographical context. Much of his sculpture and performance works have been ephemeral and transformative time based projects.
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