Seka Owen

Morgana Series #3
Morgana Series #3, 2014
acrylic on canvas, 16" × 32"
Mirage Series #8
Mirage Series #8, 2011
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 36"
Global Harmony Series #9
Global Harmony Series #7, 2004
acrylic on canvas, 18" × 48"
Strings of Spring #3
Strings of Spring #2, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 66.25" × 18.75"
Strings of Spring #3
Strings of Spring #3, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 25.75" × 41"
Lotus Series #15
Lotus Series #15, 1989
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 38"
Harmonics Series Dark #7
Harmonics Series Dark #7, 1988
acrylic on canvas, 39" × 15.5"

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Seka Owen - Artist Biography

Seka Owen (RCA, ASA) was born in 1931 in Zagreb, Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia). She attended the Academy of Music and studied Microbiology at the University of Zagreb. She immigrated to Canada in 1955 and began pursuing her passion for fashion and interior design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her extensive educational background has given her a deeper understanding of forms and colours. Owen initially took up painting as a therapeutic method for coping with her father's severe paralysis - her passion blossomed into a fully-fledged career in the arts.

In 1977, Owen earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta. She was an active participant in Edmonton's School of Formalism. Her works are composed of assemblages of bright colour, laid over subtly stained grounds. The unusual and often dramatic colour effects she achieves imbue her works with an expressive quality that sets them apart from those of her contemporaries. Her work is described as "post-painterly abstraction" and "abstract expressionist." Owen's work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and London, England.

"To paint a picture is an exploratory extension of my own observations and interest in the world. In other words, it is the interpretation of my inner world which my senses have transmitted to me and my subconscious has retained" - Seka Owen

Public Collections

Calgary Allied Arts Foundation - Calgary, AB
Imperial Oil - Calgary, AB
Yugoslavian Academy of Art and Science - Zagreb, Croatia
The Alberta Arts Foundation - Edmonton, AB
General Assembly - Ottawa, ON
University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB
Richmond Art Gallery - Richmond, BC
Provincial Government - Edmonton, AB
Servus - Edmonton, AB
Federal Government, Department of External Affairs - Ottawa, ON
Art Gallery of Alberta - Edmonton, AB
Osaka Gas Engineering Co - Osaka, Japan
Miloni Trading & Marketing Ltd - Vancouver, BC
Petris Importers Ltd - Vancouver, BC
Evitco - Edmonton, AB
Capital City Savings - Edmonton, AB

Selected Exhibitions

2015 - Collector's Gallery of Art, Calgary, AB
2014 - Artpoint Gallery, Calgary, AB
2013 - Roberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, AB
2011- Visual Arts Alberta Association, Edmonton, AB
2011 - Axis Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
2006-9 - AFA Travelling Exhibition, Alberta, Canada
1993 - British Columbia House, London, UK
1993 - Connexion Art Centre, Fredericton, NB
1992 - Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 - Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary, AB
1990 - Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1989 - Wade Gallery, Los Angeles, US
1989 - Shayne Gallery, Montreal, QC

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions.

This exhibition has now travelled to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan until September 10th. The retrospective will end off at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Toronto. No official dates have been announced as of yet. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita LetendreGallery Gevik congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition, which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major national public and private collections.

Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups, Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and Québec. Click here for more details.