Laura Owens is an American painter, gallery owner and educator. She emerged in the late 1990s from the Los Angeles art scene. She is known for large-scale paintings that combine a variety of art historical references and painterly techniques. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
In 2013, she turned her studio work space into an exhibition space called 356 Mission, in collaboration with art dealer Gavin Brown and Wendy Yao. Soon after, she hosted a second location with the art bookstore Ooga Booga #2 in the front of the building. The 356 Mission art space closed in 2019, due to the lease ending.
In 2003 Owens had her first survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Owens’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Bonnefanten Museum; Kunsthalle Zürich; Camden Arts Centre, London; Milwaukee Art Museum; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Owens had a mid-career survey at the Whitney Museum Of American Art from November 2017 to February 2018.