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Owen Freeman

Los Angeles, California

Yesterday evening, Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium (Washington, D.C.) was the site of a formal ceremony honoring the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Eduardo Souto de Moura.  Not only were icons of the architectural profession in attendance (including Renzo Piano), President Barack Obama also graced the audience with his presence as a keynote speaker.  Many of our loyal audience would assume that in light of this historic ceremony, Ballista Magazine would feature an outstanding architecture firm; however, that assumption would be absolutely wrong.  We like to keep you on your toes, so today’s Featured Face is an illustrator from the City of Angels, Mr. Owen Freeman!

A self-described “drawist and illustrationaire”, Owen Freeman is an illustrator for both print and advertising in Los Angeles, CA.  With a client list that includes industry mainstays such as The New York TimesRolling Stone, The Boston Globe, and Taschen Books, Owen is an incredibly visible talent and has developed a reputation for his haunting and poignant illustrations.  He is well-versed in multiple mediums and styles, which allows him to execute a variety of design tasks.  While a good portion of his work deals with illustration of literary works and book reviews, Owen is equally excellent at capturing the essence of social issues with his topical illustrations.  At times, these social issues are controversial; however, Owen has the ability to create visceral graphics without being offensive.

To see more of Owen’s work, stop by your local newsstand and pick up any of the fantastic publications listed above and flip through them page-by-page.  Or, you can just browse through the gallery below or visit Mr. Freeman’s website, Twitter and/or blog (24 Hour Emergency) — we recommend the latter over the former, but to each his own!  We hope you are enjoying the shortened holiday work week and will bring you yet another design talent tomorrow afternoon.

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