Elizabeth Osborne watercolor Locks Gallery

Calm Water, 1996
watercolor on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Porch II, 2011
watercolor on paper
10 1/4 x 14 1/8 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

As Night Comes On, 2003
watercolor on paper
15 7/8 x 12 1/2 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Clouds Over, 2011
watercolor on paper
10 1/4 x 14 1/8 inches

Elizabeth Osborne watercolor Locks Gallery

Blue Water Study I, 1975
watercolor and graphite on paper
9 x 12 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Dana Island I, 1975
watercolor and graphite on paper
9 x 11 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Still Life, 1981
watercolor on paper
11 7/8 x 14 1/2 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Compton, 1986
watercolor on paper
18 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Compton, 1989
watercolor on paper
9 x 13 1/2 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Porch III, 1990
watercolor and graphite on paper
10 1/4 x 14 1/8 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Self Portrait, 1999
watercolor and pencil on paper
18 x 24 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Bouquet IV, 2006
watercolor and conte on paper
12 x 9 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Bouquet, 2006
watercolor on paper
12 1/4 x 16 1/8 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Sea Garden I, 2011
watercolor on paper
10 1/2 x 14 1/8 inches

Elizabeth Osborne Locks Gallery

Porch I, 2011
watercolor and colored pencil on paper
10 1/4 x 14 1/8 inches

 

Elizabeth Osborne watercolor Locks Gallery

Bouquet V, 2003
watercolor on paper
9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of watercolors by Elizabeth Osborne, including the artist’s sketchbooks, on view November 18th through December 31st, 2011. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, December 2nd, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
 
Osborne’s plein air watercolors were painted on location in Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona, and Italy. One has to imagine the artist on the porch of a house, high-up in Manchester-by-the-Sea, directly translating onto the paper the view all the way down to the sea. The immediacy of the watercolor technique enlightens the artist’s genuine approach to abstraction and realism. The rock formations of the Blue Water series, 1975, mimic abstract cutouts on a cerulean blue sea. At that time, upon return to her Philadelphia studio, the artist was painting large-scale acrylics, where she poured vibrant, saturated colors on the surface of the canvas - one of Osborne’s signatures. Whether the landscape lays at the background of a still life, or a window frames the view, looking out from the artist’s studio, there is often a ‘story into the story’ of Osborne’s compositions, like in Study of Manchester Window, 1982, and Hop House Studio, 2011.
 
The exhibition will also feature Osborne’s sketchbooks, which have never been seen. With an intimate scale, they offer a unique insight into the artist’s practice. WHYY recently produced an in-depth profile of the artist, which will be on view at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
 
Osborne has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Her work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; and 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, with which she traveled to Paris in 1963. She was trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia where she has been a faculty member from 1963.