[Muralist, Art Crusader, Surfer Dude]
The muralist paints a loving portrait of the city he calls home and suggests some colorful activities.
Owen is probably best known for his Baltimore Love Project, a mural series of hands spelling “love” painted throughout the city, and the nation’s longest mural located in Highlandtown. He talks to us about his work, Baltimore’s thriving art scene, and his next trip ( Spoiler alert! It involves painting).—AKD
Why was the Baltimore Love Project important to you? I still need every reminder I can get to love others, that it’s the answer to the impossible, that it’s the most powerful. Remarkably, seeing these murals still does that for me.
How did this spring’s unrest affect your feelings about the murals? During and after the unrest, people seemed to gravitate to them as a source of hope or possibly as the beginning of a solution. It confirms that the work with this project is not done.
Why do you think Baltimore is such a great city for art? This town is thirsty for crazy ideas, for artists to ask, what if?, and then do it. For an artist, that presents an amazing opportunity.
What kind of artwork can visitors expect to find here? If they allow themselves to visit an unorthodox venue, they might find a new art form.
What are you working on now? I’m starting a residency program in southeast Baltimore called HOME. It brings in artists from different backgrounds and countries to make art with and for our neighborhoods.
Where to next? Florida for painting walls, visiting family, running some art workshops, and surfing with friends!