'A Year in Bray'
An Exhibition by Raymond Osborn
From Tuesday 16th September to Sunday 28th September 2008
Raymond Osborn was born in London but has lived in Ireland for over thirty years. A designer by profession he originally took up painting as a hobby and as a way to unwind, but for the past few years he has been a full time artist.
Raymond has undertaken many commissions and exhibited in various Dublin galleries. He was a member of the United Artists group for many years and his paintings are in corporate and private collections in Ireland, throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. He exhibits annually during the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Eigse in Carlow. In 2007 he was commissioned by the Office of Public Works to produce a series of paintings of St. Stephen's Green in Dublin.
Since 2002 Raymond has had shows in the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford and The Old Market House Arts Centre in Dungarvan. As a result of the Garter Lane Show he was offered a residency in the Cill Rialliag Project in Co. Kerry. He also exhibits in the Archangel Gallery in Listowel and the Kenny Gallery in Lahinch. For the past tow years he has been invited to be one of the participating artists at Art In Action in Townley Hall, Drogheda.
His preferred medium is watercolour, which he likes for its unpredictability and the 'happy accidents' which occur in most paintings, and his technical ability to fully exploit the vibrancy and immediacy of the medium, together with his accomplished draughtsmanship combine to produce work which is both atmospheric and accessible. However, he is equally proficient in acrylic and pastel. In all of his work his design background is apparent, enabling him to realistically capture the most complex subjects. His technical ability with watercolour gives him the confidence to fully exploit the vibrancy of this most exciting medium, producing light filled paintings full of mood and atmosphere.
This exhibition consists of a series of urban landscapes of Bray based on a one year time line. Raymond lived in Bray for 12 years and was very aware of how in a seaside resort the contrast between winter and summer is so much greater than in other towns.
Opening Reception: Thursday 18th September 7-9pm