Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Wave, 2012
oil on linen
60 x 48 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Equinox II, 2010
oil on canvas
53 3/4 x 43 1/4 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Crevice II, 2010
oil on canvas
56 x 48 1/4 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Festival, 2012
oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Quinacridone, 2013
oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Late Night, 2013
oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Crevice, 2010
oil on canvas
34 x 31 inches

Artist Bio

Elizabeth Osborne is a prolific Philadelphia-based painter whose work transitions between abstraction and realism, expanding our understanding of these distinctions. Her paintings bridge ideas about formalist concerns, particularly luminosity with experiential perceptions of nature, atmosphere and vistas.

After graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the artist's first mature paintings coalesced during Osborne's year in Paris through the Fulbright Program. She was soon hired to join PAFA's faculty and was an esteemed instructor there from 1963–2011. Osborne 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.

Beginning with figurative paintings in the 1960s and '70s, she moved on to bold, color drenched, landscapes and eventually abstractions that explore color spectrums. Her experimental assemblage paintings that incorporated objects began an inquiry into psychological content that she further extended in self-portraits and a long-running series of solitary female nudes. Osborne's recent paintings present a culmination of ideas—distilled into an essence of her understanding of process and composition.

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 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; and the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX. 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 2016, her 1960s work will be explored in greater depth at a solo exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum. 

Elizabeth Osborne
Third Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
Watercolors: Five Decades April 6 – May 6, 2017
Annual Holiday Show
2nd Floor Gallery
Annual Holiday Show
November 18, 2016 – December 30, 2017
Elizabeth Osborne
Third Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
Experiments from the StudioWorks on Paper October 4 - November 12, 2016
Summer of '16
First Floor Gallery
Summer of '16
Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bartlett, Kate Bright, Sarah McEneaney, Elizabeth Osborne, and Rob Wynne June 17 – August 15, 2016
Elizabeth Osborne
Second Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
Inside/Out August 7 – September 26, 2015
From Dusk Till Dawn
First Floor Gallery
From Dusk Till Dawn
Summer Group Show July 27 – August 28, 2015
Elizabeth Osborne
Second Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
Luminous Gestures September 6 – October 12, 2013
Elizabeth Osborne
First Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
Watercolors November 18 – December 31, 2011
Elizabeth Osborne
First Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
New Work February 15 – March 30, 2011
Elizabeth Osborne
First Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
'70s Still Life May 27 – July 3, 2009
Elizabeth Osborne
Exhibition
Elizabeth Osborne
Figurative '60s December 7, 2007 – January 12, 2008
Elizabeth Osborne
Exhibition
Elizabeth Osborne
Floating Landscapes 1971-1979 September 8 – October 14, 2006
Elizabeth Osborne
Exhibition
Elizabeth Osborne
November 3 – December 17, 2004
Elizabeth Osborne
Exhibition
Elizabeth Osborne
Vantage September 8 – October 7, 2000
Elizabeth Osborne
Exhibition
Elizabeth Osborne
Recent Works April 18 – May 31, 1997
First Floor Gallery
Elizabeth Osborne
November 16 – December 31, 1994
Exhibition
Elizabeth Osborne
November 1988
Exhibition
Celebrating Philadelphia: Andrade, Bershad, Havard, Leuders, Neff, Bateman, Chimes, Guatemala, Moore, Osborne
May 1986
Exhibition
Group Exhibition: Andrade, Moore, Osborne, Kurtz, Dessner, Neff, Fahlen, Bershad, Havard, Pinto, Formicola, Burko, Keyser, Chimes
June 1985
Exhibition
Elizabeth Osborne: Landscapes
October 1972
Exhibition
Recent Work by Andrade, Goodall, Grigsby, Hansen, Harris, McGinnis, Osborne, Pease, Ruben, Tucker, Zelt
November - December 1969