Laura Owens - Winner of 1999

Laura Owens is a painter who shows sensitivity and refreshing verve in pursuing the Californian tradition of the artistic treatment of light and space. Her mostly large-format pictures rest on the borderline between figuration and abstraction, between line and volume; they embody a highly personal approach to painting. Delicate colors and forms, in which transformation is inherent, open up breathing visual spaces that appear both vulnerable and resolute.

In addition to the cash prize, Baloise acquires works by the award winners and donates them to two important European museums. The work of Laura Owens was presented to the collection of the S.M.A.K. in Gent, Belgium.

Laura Owens, *1970, lives and works in Los Angeles, United States