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art & Illustration

Public Art


Public Art


“In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid." 

Raymond Chandler


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Owen Smith’s award-winning illustrations have appeared in Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Time, Esquire, and the New York Times. He has created 20 covers for The New Yorker and recently illustrated a third book for children. His illustrations for the recording artist Aimee Mann helped win a Grammy for Best Recording Package. Smith designed mosaic murals for a New York City Subway Station and murals and relief sculpture panels for a Hospital in San Francisco. Owen regularly shows in galleries in Los Angeles and New York. He lives with his wife and two sons in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past 9 years Owen has been the Chair of the Illustration Program at California College of the Arts.



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