Born in Gloucester, Owen graduated from BA(Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth in 2005 and later studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London, where he now lives and works. His works has featured in group, and some solo exhibitions, in London, Manchester, Surrey, York, Colchester, and Mexico.
Submission for the prize is open to all painters in the UK. Works for the exhibition are selected anonymously. This year’s jurors are Gillian Carnegie, Richard Davey, Ansel Krut, Phoebe Unwin and Ding Yi.
The overall winner will receive £25,000, with four further prizes of £2,500 also awarded. The names of the five shortlisted prize winners will be announced in June 2016, with the overall winner revealed on 7 July 2016.