Ex­press­ing his love for NZ

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

He’s been re­fin­ing his style and pro­duc­ing work over­seas, now South­land artist Danny (Deow) Owen is re­turn­ing home to show­case it all at an ex­pe­di­tion in River­ton.

The old Bank of New Zealand build­ing on the main street of River­ton is be­ing turned into a pop up gallery and will be show­cas­ing works of artists.

Deow is the open­ing artist at the new Vault Gallery, open­ing tonight. His work will be on dis­play un­til Sun­day.

He has been work­ing on 22 paint­ings and a few surf boards for the show.

Deow, who now lives in Cal­i­for­nia but of­ten re­turns home, has been re­fin­ing his art in the past few years, he said.

He works on huge mu­rals, out­door and street art pieces, as well as paint­ings of all sizes.

Lately he has been ex­plor­ing his style and method of paint­ing, with his lat­est mul­ti­me­dia works us­ing spray paint, brushes and mark­ers.

His up and down jour­ney of ‘‘self dis­cov­ery’’ and re­fin­ing his art will be brought to­gether for the ex­hi­bi­tion, he said.

‘‘It’s the evo­lu­tion of ev­ery­thing wrapped up in a nice lit­tle na­tive bird.’’

His top sell­ing works, in New Zealand and over­seas, are of na­tive New Zealand birds, he said.

‘‘It’s good re­ally, to ex­press my love for New Zealand.’’

He be­lieved street art was ‘‘fi­nally be­ing ac­cepted’’ and was grow­ing through­out the coun­try.

‘‘It’s a new era, times have changed now.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be his first show since South Made in Queen­stown and his first in River­ton since A Bal­ance of Op­tions in 2009.

The value of his paint­ings were in­creas­ingly go­ing up, from $200 a few years ago to about $1000 or more for the same size now.

‘‘You’re buy­ing a seg­ment of my life.’’

Gallery owner Sean Wood­ward said the se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions from South­land artists would not only sup­port lo­cal artists, but also the River­ton so­cial scene.

‘‘It’s an op­por­tu­nity to add some­thing dif­fer­ent to the art and cul­ture scene.’’

Artists in­clud­ing Christo­pher Flavell, Health Sel­lars and Greg McDon­ald will also show­case works, he said.

In two weeks Deow will show­case works in Auck­land at the Bradley Lane event.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

South­land artist Danny (Deow) Owen is show­cas­ing his work at the pop up Vault Gallery in River­ton from Thurs­day.

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