Danese/Corey is pleased to announce their first exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Osborne. The exhibition, People and Places focuses on Osborne’s figurative works from the 1960s to today. Osborne’s work, shaped by both modernism and color-field painting, delves into the balance between realism and abstraction and evokes vibrant color and glowing light; “Or let us say that light has always been and continues to be her subject, one that draws her into the border of region where the abstract and the figurative meet and sometimes merge.”1
Osborne explores portraiture as both a deeply personal expression of her own life and experiences, as well as a documentation of the stories, struggles and joys of the people on the canvas. “Osborne’s studio paintings and self-portraits are complex, full of secrets that do not yield easily. They are among the most subtle, unexpected, and meditative images in this genre. While they reflect on the solitude demanded of an artist’s studio life, they acknowledge the weight of art, cultural, and personal history and the ways in which they intersect. They beg the question: Is the artist ever alone in her studio?”2
Elizabeth Osborne was born in Philadelphia in 1936. She 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 Fine Art; the Minneapolis Museum of Art; the Delaware Art Museum, and the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, to name a few. In 2009, Osborne was the focus of a major retrospective and accompanying publication The Color of Light at PAFA. In 2016, her 1960s figurative canvases were explored in greater depth at a solo exhibition, Elizabeth Osborne: The 1960s at the Delaware Art Museum. Osborne lives and works in Philadelphia.
A fully illustrated catalogue is available. For further information please contact the gallery at 212- 223-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. @DaneseCorey
1 Carter Ratcliff, 2013, Locks Gallery catalog essay
2 Robert Cozzolino, Elizabeth Osborne: The Color of Light, 2009