Our first limited edition introduces an exclusive print by Oliver Osborne that features his celebrated and iconic rubber plant motif. The rubber plants reflect the classic formal qualities within Osborne’s work, while playfully combining elements of abstraction, figuration and appropriation. Rubber Plant, 2021 is the first ever Lithograph edition by the Berlin-based artist.
Rubber Plant, 2021
Lithograph (Edition of 20)
54 x 72 cm (framed)
50 x 68 cm (unframed)
4-colour Lithograph on paper
Each work is signed, dated and numbered by the artist.
The framed option comes mounted on acid-free board in a hand-made Canadian oak frame.
”I first started painting the rubber plant in 2012. I was mostly making bigger, monochrome paintings at the time which incorporated collaged imagery or text from educational textbooks. The plant paintings became necessary as a means to have another kind of painting language - I tried to treat everything as 'found' painting, with a readily available grammar and vocabulary that I could play with.”
— Oliver Osborne
”I hope the plant paintings are at their most successful when the defy categorisation. I like my work best when it can be a very realistic painting of a plant, but have nothing really to do with very realistic paintings of plants.”
— 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.