ELIZABETH OSBORNE | Floating Islands

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Locks Gallery
Floating Islands, 1972-2019
Acrylic on canvas
Signed center top of verso in ink
55.75 x 55.75 x 2.25 in. (framed) 54 x 54 x 1.5 in. (unframed)


The artist

Elizabeth Osborne (b. 1936) is a prolific Philadelphia-based painter whose work transitions between abstraction and realism, expanding our understanding of these distinctions. She has alternated long periods of working in either watercolor or oil, specializing in controlled pours and stains on unprimed canvases early in her career. This signature paint application emerged within her representational work, but became a technique that helped her explore fundamental elements of abstraction.

Elizabeth Osborne has exhibited extensively throughout the United States for over forty years. Her work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; the James A. Michener Museum of Art, Doylestown; the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Osborne has received numerous awards including the Percy M. Owens Memorial Award, a MacDowell Colony Grant, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award (American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters), and a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2009, Osborne was the focus of a major retrospective and accompanying publication The Color of Light at PAFA. In 2015, Veils of Color: Juxtapositions and Recent Work by Elizabeth Osborne debuted at The James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA and traveled to The Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA in 2016. That same year, her 1960s figurative canvases were explored in greater depth at a solo exhibition, Elizabeth Osborne: The 1960s at the Delaware Art Museum.