Oliver Osborne (b. 1985, Edinburgh, Scotland) lives and works in Berlin. Encompassing both figuration and abstraction, the artist uses repetition, as well as tweaks in composition and chiaroscuro, to excavate new images from sustained, often art historical fixations. In this sense Osborne explores painting’s malleability over time, as well as its relationship to the personal– his subjects range from recognisably appropriated figures of portraiture to his own family. Spanning such variations as silk-screen, monochromatic abstraction and photorealistic oil painting, the artist’s practice is never constrained. And although he may paint a singular subject multiple times, each rendition is never the same.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Manganese Blue, Galeria Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca (2023), Recent Painting, Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles (2023), Mantegna’s Dead Christ, Union Pacific, London (2022), Portrait of a Fat Man for Düsseldorf, JVDW, Düsseldorf, Germany (2022), Der Kleine Angsthase, Braunsfelder, Cologne, Germany (2020), Birth, Education, Leisure, Death, Giò Marconi, Milan, Italy (2019) and Bonnie, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2018). Selected group exhibitions include: Day by Day, Good Day (curated by Ted Targett), Union Pacific, London (2022), Triple Burner, Union Pacific, London (2021), HEART–100 artists, 1 mission, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (2020), Editions, Peles Empire, Berlin, Germany (2019), and The Go Between (curated by Eugenio Viola), Museo di Capodimonte, Naples and Sprovieri, Italy (2014), amongst others.