Owen Smith is an award-winning illustrator whose clients include Sports Illustrated, Time, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker, for which he has created 18 cover illustrations. Smith recently completed illustrating his third children’s book. His cover art and interior booklet illustrations for Aimee Mann’s CD “The Forgotten Arm” helped win a Grammy Award for Best Packaging. Other clients include the San Francisco Opera, BART, and the United Nations.
Owen's influences come from the WPA artists of the 1930s, Diego Rivera, and the lurid covers of pulp magazines and dime-store paperbacks of the 1930s and 1940s. His paintings have been featured in exhibitions in New York, Rome, and Milan, as well as solo shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In 1998, a set of mosaic murals Owen designed was permanently installed in a New York subway station at 36th Street in Brooklyn. Owen designed lobby murals, mosaic panels, and relief sculptures for new buildings at the historic Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco. The project received two Public Art of the Year Awards at the Americans for the Arts 2011 Conference.