Artist Raymond Osborn will be exhibiting new work in watercolour in Mother of Fair Love School, James’ Street, Kilkenny as part of the St. Mary’s Art and Craft Group.
After a successful career in commercial design, Raymond fulfilled a long-term ambition to become a professional artist, when he swapped the clamour of Dublin for the tranquility of County Kilkenny and moved with his wife Anne to Coolagh, Callan in 2000.
He already had a reputation as a talented painter, built up over a 25-year period of exhibiting in various galleries and this has grown in his twelve years as a full time artist.
Since moving to Kilkenny he has had exhibitions in the Watergate Theatre, the South Tipperary Arts Centre, The Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan and the Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford, as a result of which he was offered a residency in the Cill Railaig Artist Retreat.
In 2007 he was commissioned by the Office of Public Works to produce a series of paintings of St. Stephen’s Green and his work is in the Corporate collections of Guidant Ltd., the Department of Agriculture and the Waterford Harbour Board. Raymond’s work is much sought after and is in private collections throughout the world.
He is a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland who in recent years presented him with the Beaufield Mews Award and, in 2010 the DART Award, which resulted in his painting ‘Follow my Leader’, an evocative study of the Tall Ships leaving Waterford in 2005 being reproduced as a poster which was displayed on all DART trains as part of the company’s cultural awareness programme.
Raymond’s preferred medium is watercolour but he is equally proficient in acrylic and pastel. His design background is apparent in superb draughtsmanship and his atmospheric, light filled paintings are the work of a painter very much in control of his medium.