Owen Davies is an artist who plays a huge part in the creative scene of Rochester, Kent. Creatabot asked Owen some questions to find out more about him and what inspires him.
So Owen how long have you been an artist for now?
Ever since I can remember I have loved to draw and paint. My mum has a box of my early work, there are sheets and sheets of frame by frame battle sequences and penalty shoot outs. I was a goalie as a lad.
Did you study any creative subjects?
Yes art was always my favourite subject and it felt like relief from the other classes so I naturally followed that pathway graduating from KIAD (Kent Institute of Art and Design) Maidstone in 2000.
How much of what you do has been self taught?
I don’t think it is necessary to be taught to be an artist, you must find your own way. However all our skills and abilities arise in dependence upon others, teachers, friends, everyone around us in reality. So I don’t buy the idea of being self taught, essentially we learn by copying until we find our own voice.
Who is your favourite local artist and all time favourite artist?
Locally I am inspired by the likes of Billy Childish and his gang of poets, artists and musicians. He is really at the vanguard of a new wave of painters reconnecting with the roots of a tradition that has been swamped by finance and hype. I love also the work of Medway painter Matt Bray, Photographer Lesley Henkle and many others. These people are now being connected by the emerging art hub of Medway, The Deaf Cat coffee shop in Rochester High Street, where great art, coffee and company combine. It sounds like an advert but it is true.
Who really inspires you?
Buddha and the lineage of realised masters and practitioners of his teachings are a constant source of inspiration. And anyone with the courage to follow their dreams and creative ambitions and not go quietly into the dying of the human spirit light.
What would you really like to learn in the future?
Spanish, I would love to have a conversation with my girlfriend, Raquel, in her language but her english is so good and I am so lazy. Patience and time. I want to be able to surf as well, I tried it not too long ago and loved it.
Can you recommend a creative website you love?
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