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RUTH OWENS

Be Kind To Yourself

new figurative and narrative paintings

April 1 – May 29, 2021

RUTH OWENS, Alocasia Mood, 2021

RUTH OWENS

Alocasia Mood, 2021

oil on canvas

60h x 48w in
152.40h x 121.92w cm

RUTH OWENS, Royal Duty, 2021

RUTH OWENS

Royal Duty, 2021

acrylic on paper

72h x 37w in
182.88h x 93.98w cm

RO087

RUTH OWENS, Royal Duty, study, 2021

RUTH OWENS

Royal Duty, study, 2021

acrylic on paper

15.50h x 8.60w in
39.37h x 21.84w cm

RO088

RUTH OWENS, Mountain Hike, 2021

RUTH OWENS

Mountain Hike, 2021

acrylic on paper

69h x 37w in
175.26h x 93.98w cm

RO089

RUTH OWENS, Mountain Hike, study, 2021

RUTH OWENS

Mountain Hike, study, 2021

acrylic on paper

24h x 13w in
Framed: 28.50h x 17.50w in

RUTH OWENS, Toccarra @ JMC, study, 2021

RUTH OWENS

Toccarra @ JMC, study, 2021

casein on paper

18.75h x 10w in

Framed: 21.50h x 12.75w in

RUTH OWENS, Lessons Lost, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Lessons Lost, 2020

acrylic, glitter on paper

96h x 96w in
243.84h x 243.84w cm

RO061

RUTH OWENS, Lessons Lost, study, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Lessons Lost, study, 2020

acrylic on paper

11h x 11w in
27.94h x 27.94w cm

RO068

RUTH OWENS, Young Graduate, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Young Graduate, 2020

acrylic on paper

15.50h x 8w in
39.37h x 20.32w cm

RO067

RUTH OWENS, Imagine Edelweiss, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Imagine Edelweiss, 2020

casein on paper, glitter

9h x 8w in
22.86h x 20.32w cm

RO070

RUTH OWENS, Imagine Edelweiss II, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Imagine Edelweiss II, 2020

watercolor on paper

10h x 6w in
25.40h x 15.24w cm

RUTH OWENS, Dirty Rice on Tinder, study, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Dirty Rice on Tinder, study, 2020

casein on paper

8.25h x 8.25w in
20.96h x 20.96w cm

RO076

RUTH OWENS, Dirty Rice on Tinder, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Dirty Rice on Tinder, 2020

oil on canvas

24h x 18w in
60.96h x 45.72w cm

RO077

RUTH OWENS, Tante Luise's Yard, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Tante Luise's Yard, 2020

oil on canvas

40h x 40w in
101.60h x 101.60w cm

RO080

RUTH OWENS, Lay Me Down, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Lay Me Down, 2020

oil on canvas

40h x 40w in
101.60h x 101.60w cm

RO081

RUTH OWENS, Birthday Outing, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Birthday Outing, 2020

acrylic on paper

77h x 38w in
195.58h x 96.52w cm

RO082

RUTH OWENS, Vietnam Opa, study, 2020

RUTH OWENS

Vietnam Opa, study, 2020

acrylic on archival paper

8.25h x 8w in
20.96h x 20.32w cm

RO085

RUTH OWENS, Be Kind to Yourself, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Be Kind to Yourself, 2019

oil on canvas

60h x 40w in
152.40h x 101.60w cm

RO059

RUTH OWENS, Good Family, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Good Family, 2019

oil on canvas

70h x 64w in
177.80h x 162.56w cm

RUTH OWENS, Tag-A-Long, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Tag-A-Long, 2019

oil on canvas

60h x 48w in
152.40h x 121.92w cm

RUTH OWENS, Boys in Alps, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Boys in Alps, 2019

acrylic on paper

15h x 12w in
38.10h x 30.48w cm

RO063

RUTH OWENS, Girls in the Alps, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Girls in the Alps, 2019

acrylic on paper

29.50h x 14.50w in
74.93h x 36.83w cm

RO066

RUTH OWENS, Patricia T., 2019

RUTH OWENS

Patricia T., 2019

casein on paper

12.25h x 7.25w in
31.12h x 18.42w cm

RO062

RUTH OWENS, Girl in Kitchen, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Girl in Kitchen, 2019

casein on paper

9h x 6.50w in
22.86h x 16.51w cm

RO064

RUTH OWENS, Edelweiss Shower, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Edelweiss Shower, 2019

casein on paper

9.50h x 6.25w in
24.13h x 15.88w cm

RO065

RUTH OWENS, Be Kind to Yourself, study, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Be Kind to Yourself, study, 2019

casein on paper

11.50h x 8w in
29.21h x 20.32w cm

RO069

RUTH OWENS, Family Room Respite, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Family Room Respite, 2019

casein on paper

8h x 10w in
20.32h x 25.40w cm

RO072

RUTH OWENS, David and Sweet Ann, study, 2019

RUTH OWENS

David and Sweet Ann, study, 2019

casein on paper

10.50h x 12.75w in
Framed: 10.50h x 12.75w in

RUTH OWENS, Tante Louise's Yard, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Tante Louise's Yard, 2019

casein on paper

8h x 8w in
20.32h x 20.32w cm

RO071

RUTH OWENS, Water Boy, 2019

RUTH OWENS

Water Boy, 2019

casein on paper

6.50h x 6.50w in
16.51h x 16.51w cm

RO075

RUTH OWENS, Swingtime, study, 2018

RUTH OWENS

Swingtime, study, 2018

casein on paper

10.75h x 13w in
27.31h x 33.02w cm

RUTH OWENS, Tag-a-long, study, 2018

RUTH OWENS

Tag-a-long, study, 2018

casein on paper

11.50h x 11w in
29.21h x 27.94w cm

RUTH OWENS, Rap Sody, 2015

RUTH OWENS

Rap Sody, 2015

casein and ink on paper

25.50h x 17.50w in
64.77h x 44.45w cm

RUTH OWENS, Blackbottom, II, 2015

RUTH OWENS

Blackbottom, II, 2015

casein, glitter, and pen on paper

19h x 12w in
48.26h x 30.48w cm

Bottom Video

RUTH OWENS

Be Kind To Yourself

1 April - 29 May 2021

 

Video by Matthew Spriggs Production

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Large Install Image

Press Release

Press Release

31 March 2021 (New Orleans, LA) JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is proud to announce, Be Kind to Yourself, a solo exhibition of new figurative paintings by New Orleans-based artist Ruth Owens. In this exhibition, Ruth Owens explores the relationship between outdoor spaces and people of color, who have historically been excluded from such spaces. Be Kind to Yourself firmly places black and brown bodies against a backdrop of the natural environment. In doing so, Ruth Owens reclaims the healing and restorative possibility of the outdoors for people of color and expands the narrative around racial identity and its relationship to the natural world.

 

The exhibition will be on view from 1 April 2021 through 29 May 2021 with opening receptions coinciding with the Arts District of New Orleans’ (ADNO) First Saturday Gallery Openings on Saturday, 3 April and Saturday, 1 May from 12 pm -  7 pm. For more information, press or sales inquiries please contact Gallery Director Matthew Weldon Showman at 504.343.6827 or matthew@jonathanferraragallery.com. Please join the conversation with JFG on Facebook (@JonathanFerraraGallery), Twitter (@JFerraraGallery), and Instagram (@JonathanFerraraGallery) via the hashtags:  #RuthOwens, #JonathanFerraraGallery, and #ArtsDistrictNewOrleans.

Exhibition Statement

Exhibition Statement

RUTH OWENS is a figurative painter and video artist whose work mines the intersection of honoring the Black archive and expanding the narrative around personal identity. She was born in 1959 to a young German woman and a Black serviceman from Georgia. The nomadic military lifestyle of her childhood was complicated by restrictions to mixed families in many communities and laid the basis for the formation of her cultural identity. Much of the imagery in Owens’ paintings and videos is culled from her family’s super-8 film archive from the 1960s and 1970s. Centering this archival trove is an intimate, gestural, and cinematic means to repair the overlooked history of families of color.

 

Putting forth the concept that identity is fluid and open, her subjects cross boundaries that hold in fixed and static constructs. Revealing the complexity, nuances, and psychology of individual people of color, she resists essential or stereotypical limits. The “Be Kind to Yourself” exhibition celebrates the care and healing offered by the natural environment and serves as an encouraging statement to embrace the spiritual and psychological nurturing available out-of-doors. Granted that the outdoor space represents a site of historical and contemporary ambivalence for Black bodies, it is time to brave opportunities to quietly walk out and listen to what the trees and rivers have to teach us.

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