Jonathan Owen

I don't usually do this

About this artwork

This work featured in Owen’s final year exhibition at Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded the Gallery’s John Watson Prize (named after the school building which now houses the Gallery of Modern Art One). It was subsequently purchased for the Gallery of Modern Art’s collection. Owen has made several variants of this work, some painted directly onto the wall. The hands were traced from a pornographic magazine, and Owen has commented: ‘They’re specifically male hands and I wanted to arrange them in a way which might perhaps resemble a kind of sign language; so they might read like a text.’

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    I don't usually do this
  • date created:
    2000 - 2001
  • materials:
    Acrylic on board
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 204.80 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with donations from the public 2001
  • accession number:
    GMA 4390
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen