One of Philadelphia’s most respected artists, Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936) is often drawn to the beauty and special personalities of household pets: dogs, cats, and other animals. Two recent, large-scale paintings and numerous watercolors anchor this intimate exhibition, exploring a charming, lesser-known side of Osborne’s practice.
With a career spanning over fifty years, Osborne’s body of work has been the subject of important critical study. She is well known for her figurative paintings of the 1960 and 70s as well as her current assemblage and color spectrum abstract compositions that blur the distinction between abstraction and representation. Osborne’s work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the James A. Michener Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and in many private collections. She has had solo exhibitions at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Locks Gallery.