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Bill Owens Art

American, b. 1938

Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography and began his journey as a documentarian. While living in Livermore, California, in the late 1960s, he worked as a photographer for the local newspaper. He became increasingly interested in the suburban areas that became heavily populated after WWII.

Owens started photographing middle-class America and would eventually publish a best-selling book, Suburbia, in 1972. Suburbia is considered one of the most important photography books to date. He went on to publish three more books, Our Kind of People, Working and Leisure, focusing on the suburbanites of America.

Owens was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, which he received in 1976.

Between working commercially and on personal photographic projects, he opened a brewery in California in 1983 and became so enamored with craft beer that he founded the American Distilling Institute and American Brewer magazine.

The photographs of Bill Owens are highly sought after and can be found in private and public collections such as the Getty Museum, Modern Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

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Artist: Bill Owens
We don't have to conform, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 10 Signed on print verso by Bill Owens Paper size: 16 x 19 1/2 in. Image size: 15 1/2 x 18 3/4 in. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After v...
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1970s Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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C Print

One Day Our Toilet Broke
By Bill Owens
Located in New York, NY
Bill Owens Before the dissolution of our marriage my husband and I owned a bar. One day a toilet broke and we brought it home, 1971 Print Paper Size: 13 x 17 inches Print Image Size...
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1970s Modern Bill Owens Art

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Archival Pigment

Every summer we go all out on our camp in Yosemite, from Leisure
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"Every summer we go all out on our camp in Yosemite. I do the barbequing" Edition of 15 Signed, dated, and numbered by Bill Owens Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. Series: Leisure Bi...
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20th Century Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Monument Valley, from New Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Signed and titled. Series: New Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography and began his journey as a docum...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Inkjet

When school is out we sunbathe all day and dance all night
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"When school is out we sunbathe all day and dance all night." Edition of 15 Signed, dated, and numbered on print verso by Bill Owens Gelatin silver print 11 x 14 in. Series: Leisure ...
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20th Century Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

McDonald's Modern Day Care Center, from Leisure series
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"McDonald's modern day care center keeps the boys out of my hair and lets me have a moment to myself. Kansas City, MO", 1976 Edition 7/15 Signed and artist stamps. Printed 2007 Serie...
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1970s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Christina's Room
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"I wanted Christina to learn some responsibility for cleaning her room, but it didn't work." Edition of 15 Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil wi...
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1970s Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Do Coke, Los Angeles, CA
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"After work we change clothes, redo our makeup, do some coke and go dancing." Edition of 10 Signed and numbered in black ink on print verso. Bill Owens was born and raised...
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1980s Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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C Print

We like to play war, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
We like to play war, 1971 Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. Edition of 15 Stamped in ink, signed, numbered, and dated in pencil on verso by Bill Owens Series: Suburbia Bill Owens wa...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

We're Really Happy, from Suburbia series
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"We're really happy. Our kids are healthy, we eat good food, and we have a really nice home." Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. Signed, print date, misc. notation in pencil on vers...
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1970s Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Bill Owens: Suburbia Portfolio (15 photographs)
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Bill Owens Portfolio A selection of fifteen photographs from the series, Suburbia Edition of 15 Each photograph is signed and numbered in pencil with artist stamp in black ink on pri...
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1970s Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

At Rosie O' Grady's Goodtime Emporium (Disco dancer)
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 15 Signed, dated, numbered and artist stamp on print verso by Bill Owens Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. Printed 2005 Series: Leisure Bill Owens was born and raised in ...
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1970s Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Typical Californian, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"He's a typical Californian who doesn't know how to relax." Edition of 10 Signed and numbered by Bill Owens Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volu...
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20th Century Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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C Print

Its a great pleasure to watch yourself make love
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Its a great pleasure to watch yourself make love, 1971 Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. Signed, artist stamp, and numbered. Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volu...
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1970s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Parade Woman Holding American Flag, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 15 Signed, dated and numbered. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography and began his...
Category

1970s Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Untitled (Overview of cul-de-sac)
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Signed, print date, misc. notation in pencil on verso. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography ...
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1970s Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

We really enjoy getting together, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"We really enjoy getting together with our friends to drink and dance. It's a wild party and we're having a great time." Edition of 15 Signed, dated and numbered on print ...
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1970s Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Untitled (Woman Vacuuming), from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 15 Signed, dated and numbered. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography and began his...
Category

1970s Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

New Suburbia, Hayward (Weed Wacker), from New Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 5 Signed, titled, and numbered in black ink on print verso. Series: New Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he pi...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Digital Pigment

We're not doing too badly, CA, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 10 Signed and numbered in black ink on print verso. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up phot...
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1980s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Color

Kens SC, CA, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 10 Signed, numbered, and print date. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography and beg...
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1980s Modern Bill Owens Art

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C Print

Prada, Manhattan, New Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 5 Signed, titled, and numbered. Series: New Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography and bega...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Digital Pigment

Bourbon and Seven is my favorite drink, from Suburbia
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 10 Signed and numbered in black ink on verso. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photograph...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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C Print

Sunday Afternoon, from Suburbia series
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"Sunday afternoon we get it together. I cook the steaks and my wife makes the salad." Edition of 15 Signed, numbered, and artist stamp. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and rais...
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1970s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

I bought the lawn
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"I bought the lawn in six-foot rolls. It's easy to handle. I prepare the ground and my wife and son helped roll out the grass. in one day you have a front yard." Edition of 15 Signed...
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1970s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

My dad thinks it's a good idea
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
"My dad thinks it's a good idea to take all the leaves off the tree and take up the yard. I think he is crazy." Edition of 15 Signed, numbered, and artist stamp. Series: Suburbia Bi...
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1970s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Walmart
By Bill Owens
Located in New York, NY
Chromogenic print Signed, verso This photograph is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Bill Owens Art

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C Print

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from Suburbia series
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Artist Proof Signed and numbered in pencil with artist copyright stamp in black ink on print verso. Series: Suburbia Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering...
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1970s Post-Modern Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

New Suburbia, Hayward (Two Balls)
By Bill Owens
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 15 Signed, titled and numbered. Series: New Suburbia, Hayward Bill Owens was born and raised in California. After volunteering in the Peace Corps he picked up photography...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Bill Owens Art

Materials

Digital Pigment

Sunday afternoon we get it together...
By Bill Owens
Located in New York, NY
"Sunday afternoon we get it together. I cook the steaks and my wife makes the salad." 1972, printed later paper size: 14 x 11 inches image size: 12 x 9 inches framed size: 18.5 x 15....
Category

1970s Bill Owens Art

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Silver Gelatin

Bill Owens art for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Bill Owens art for sale. You can find work that includes elements of green and other colors if you are browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom. You can also browse by medium to find art by Bill Owens in pigment print, c print, silver gelatin print and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th Century and is mostly associated with the Contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Bill Owens art, so small editions measuring 8 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of David Graham, Greg Lotus and Mario Algaze. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $950 and tops out at $20,000, while the average work can sell for $4,350. Bill Owens art prices can vary depending upon medium, time period and other attributes.

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