Owen Smith (Wellborn)
“Art creates a space where you can scream without making any sound.”
I am an indigenous Ngarabal artist,
Culture and expression are an integral part of who I am.
I come from humble beginnings, growing up in an isolated and small country town.
I am self-taught and my craft developed over time, with every endeavor only bringing me closer to my ultimate goal, of self-discovery and connection. For most of my life expression has been my shield, yet music and Visual arts have grown into an element used for connection
rather than isolation.
“Expression has always been my guiding force”
Since 2018 this has taken me on a journey that has allowed me to achieve many goals already
in my very young Visual Arts career. I have already begun to establish myself in the art
community of Queensland and through my commissions and solo exhibitions, I have also been able to create a mark on the walls of many establishments.
“The goal is to connect people to their inner dialogue and to provoke discourse on the thoughts we hide from.”
I strive to convey who we are as a society, the chains of sexuality and the effects of colonialism on my country and my culture.
Art creates a space where you can scream without making any sound, and unlike what music used to do for me, this allows me to target a very unique internal energy which otherwise would be left dormant.
I am inspired by street art, abstract works, and the traditional art of my aboriginal culture.
“Whether you see tragedy or beauty in my work all depends on the individual.”
Similar to that of breaking the chain, my work reflects the very idea of breaking down the barrier of fear which prevents us from truly reaching our true potential.
I am WELLBORN.