Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Siôn Tomos Owen

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Siôn Tomos Owen. 

Who are you and where are you from?

Siôn Tomos Owen, Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley.

How would you describe your art style?

Although my comics are black and white cartoons, my painting style is semi-abstract & very colourful, with a lot of clean mixing on the brush strokes.

Who are your main artistic influences?

I’m heavily influenced by Hodgkins, Hundertwasser & Kandinski.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever painted?

When painting a series of murals for the documentary series Pobol y Rhondda on S4C, I drew a 3ft x 5ft mural on the theme of Nature with a huge trout in the middle, on top of the Bwlch mountain in the middle of a storm. One of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever had because I almost froze, but it did look good on telly!

How does it compare to painting a ukulele?

Comparitively, it’s a lot easier and warmer to paint a little ukelele in midsummer compared to a mural up a mountain in winter.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

Originally, I was intrigued then I got very excited at doing something I’ve never done before.

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