Oliver Osborne

Oliver Osborne’s paintings bring together elements of abstraction, figuration and appropriation. Silk-screens of appropriated cartoons, large multi-panelled monochrome canvases, embroidery and precisely executed, photorealistic paintings are all part of his repertoire. By using this broad visual language he attempts to push against the traditional separation between abstraction and figuration, and understand what potential the act of painting still holds within contemporary art.

A solo exhibition of Osborne's work, Bonnie, took place at the Bonner Kunstverein in Bonn in 2018.

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Oliver Osborne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985. He now lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


Oliver Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK at graduated the Chelsea College of Art in London, UK.


Osborne’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including: Portrait of a Fat Man, Galería Pelaires, Palma (2021); Der Kleine Angsthase, BRAUNSFELDER, Cologne (2020); More Birth, More Education, More Leisure, More Death, Peles Empire, Berlin (2019); Birth, Education, Leisure, Death, Gió Marconi, Milan, Italy (2019); Bonnie, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2018)

His work has also been shown in selected group exhibitions, including: kSuL22svwBxgJ2Z with David Ostrowski, Pas une Orange, Barcelona (2021), Le Regard Luisant with Sara Knowland, Pact, Paris (2021); Empire/Osborne, Moran Moran, Los Angeles (2018); Summerfest 2017, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2017); Home is not a place, German Embassy, London (2017)

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