I “make” paintings. And I make them by creating a strategy with rules.
From a shortage of money and a subsequent need to do my own building and decorating work I have developed a love of unconventional materials and tools.
I may use kitchen roll, sandpaper, J cloths, ground graphite, varnish, PVA, plaster, cheap house paint, tints, brooms, scrapers. The starting point can be the pigment, the tool, the support or a gesture. How they behave is the subject.
The game is to find myself in a situation of not knowing what I am supposed to do and not knowing what will happen. This is exciting and frightening. The materials themselves will reveal the answer. The accidents along the way will give the excitement and hopefully create a visual experience of substance.
Mark Osborne was born in 1949 in Ashford, Kent. He studied at Chelsea School of Art 1969-72, and the Royal College of Art 1972-75. Until 1999 he founded and ran two award winning design groups with artworks exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. A full time artist since 1999, his paintings are included in private collections in Europe and America. Group shows include Chichester Open Art 1999, Broughton House Cambridge 2005 and 2006, Highgate Gallery London 2006 and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2010. He is currently showing at ME Gallery Kensington. His painting Untitled Pink has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 Exhibition.