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Barry Osbourn

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Kansas City, MO.

Birth year

Lives in
Olathe, KS

Works in
Olathe, KS


Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, 2008, MFA
Central Missouri State University, 2011, MAT
School of the Museum of Fine Art , Boston, 2006, Post-Bacc
University of Kansas, 1991, BFA

Representing galleries
Brandon Jacobs Gallery, KCMO


Barry Osbourn was born October 7th, 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri and currently lives and works at his home studio in Olathe, Kansas. The son of an architect, Barry was surrounded by drafting tables and art materials from a very early age.  When he was three years old his parents enrolled him in an art based preschool at the Nelson Atkins Museum and he has pursued a creative life in visual art ever since.  He has acquired an extensive academic record beginning with a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas and resolving with a Masters of Fine Art degree in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.

     "My new abstract paintings, titled "Excavations", approach a conversation with the history of abstract painting through a synthesis of various concepts and process.  The act of painting these works is an improvisational event that excavates historical ideas and aesthetics as well as the physical layers of the painting itself.   In making these paintings I apply generous amounts of paint with a variety of palette knives in layers, as well as removing paint by carving into the wet paint.  The whole process very much alternates between creative and destructive modes.  While viewers often attempt to "see things" in these works, there is no intent to refer to anything in the external world beyond the painting itself.   These are paintings of themselves that are heavily inspired by the qualities of the medium and the discovery of the process itself."



Recent Exhibits

Barry Osbourn participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2008 Barry Osbourn and Michelle Wiener
Lora Schlesinger Gallery
Jun, 2007 12 x 12
Otis Graduate Studios
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Lora Schlesinger Gallery Otis Graduate Studios
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