Through metaphorical illustrations, Owen Gent unveils difficult psychological experiences — Colossal

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For Owen Gent, texture and shadow are essential narrative tools. The Bristol-based artist fosters strong personal practice and works with commercial clients, authors and various publications to create metaphorically rich moody illustrations. In a work evoking the emotional toll of cancer, trauma and depression, a figurative figure pulls back a woman’s hair to observe the surroundings while remaining protected by the locks. A disturbing piece takes a similar introspective and psychological approach as black crows surround a subject, one on fire and the other grabbing the person’s eye.

Gent tells Colossal that his works begin with analog techniques like painting, and digital manipulation comes later. “It’s a constant back and forth between the two, and I try to be mindful not to lose too much of the original piece when editing,” he says.

Prints are available in Gent’s shop, and his illustrated children’s book It’s good my love is out now. Find more of his work on Behance and Instagram.

two mask-like faces appear to float to the right of a dark-faced figure

Black crows, fire, surround a human form with a bird grabbing the human eye

A figure appears to float above the water with a pink reflection in the body of water below

Two images, one of a hand holding a beetroot, the other of a constellation of red spheres superimposed on a human figure

A girl's legs rising from darkness to flowers

A vibrant bird perched on a branch

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