Artist’s Statement

My work explores awareness of impermanence and nostalgia. I am interested in depicting people on the threshold of change. The characters in my paintings are always at a junction in their narrative, reflecting on roads already travelled and choosing the way ahead. The process of giving up the old in order to receive the new is central to my work and I try to express the bitter-sweet feelings that come with accepting a chapter of your life is over and a new one is beginning.


Owen Normand is a contemporary figurative painter who studied at Edinburgh College of Art. He was winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Young Artist Award in 2013 and was named as one of 15 emerging artists of great promise by Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art's Chief Curator in 2014. He has had solo exhibitions in Berlin and Lisbon, and has exhibited in group shows in London, New York, Berlin, Edinburgh and Glasgow. His work is held in private collections in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, The Netherlands, USA, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Moving On, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, UK

2017 All Towers Fall, Giftraum, Berlin, Germany

2015 Spuren, Das Badhaus, Kulmbach, Germany

2014 Still Worlds, Adamastor Studios, Lisbon, Portugal

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Art Now, Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany

2018 Fleeting Truths, Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2018 Lived on the Bone, GPS, Glasgow, UK

2017 Untitled, Felix and Spear, London, UK,

2017 LSA Art Auction, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh, UK

2017 Macmillan Art Auction, Bonhams Auction House, Edinburgh, UK

2016 The Royal Society of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2016 Untitled, Felix and Spear, London, UK

2016 The Open Contemporary Portrait Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK

2014 Leith School of Art Alumni Exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, UK

2013 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (toured to Aberdeen Art Gallery & Wolverhampton Art Gallery)

2013 No Cash Bar, Fort Gallery, New York, USA

2012  Kunstmarkt, Stadtbad Wedding, Berlin, Germany

2011  Parachute, Whale Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK

2010  Place Project, Goodstead, Edinburgh, UK



2016 Nominee, The Open Contemporary Portrait Award

2013 Young Artist Award, BP Portrait Award