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Lyndal Osborne
Date: 1940
Lyndal Osborne
Biography: “I feel like an archeologist seeking and retrieving discarded fragments of the urban environment and the dried out remains of natures’ seasons,” says artist Lyndal Osborne. Describing her work as discussing “timelessness and regeneration,” she says it “is also a way to understand death and to celebrate life through our need to define and humanise our existence on this planet.” Lyndal Osborne’s art has greeted audiences in more than 350 national and international exhibitions. Her ecologically-concerned oeuvre includes work that questions the impact of genetically modified organisms, and installations that examine natural forces of transformation. Born in Newcastle, Australia, Osborne won scholarships to earn her BA at the National Art School (1960) and Teacher’s College (1961) in Sydney. She completed her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1971) while she was a teaching assistant (1967 – 1970). Osborne taught high school in Vancouver and Powell River, British Columbia, and in Montreal. She later taught printmaking at the University of Houston, TX (1970) and at the University of Alberta (1971, 1977 - 1978); she also served as a printmaking coordinator at the U of A (1979 – 1982), where she is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art and Design. More than twenty permanent collections house Osborne’s work, including those of the University of Saskatchewan, Alberta Government House in Hong Kong, Nova Corporation, and the Canada Council Art Bank. She has participated in scores of invitational exhibitions, including at the Margaret Dryer Gallery in Houston, TX, The California Society of Printmakers Group Show in San Francisco, and The Henry Worland Memorial Art Prize for Prints ’74 at the Warrnambool Art Gallery in New South Wales, Australia. Her scores of juried print shows include the Canadian Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers’ touring 55th Annual National Exhibition, and the Australian and New Zealand print and pottery exhibition Horizon ’73.
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