About Damian Osborne
Damian Osborne was born in 1980 in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa.
He grew up with a penchant for drawing and for nature, playing and exploring on the fields and farms around the home. From an early age he was indefatigably drawing — especially birds.
As a child, he spent weekends as the only student in the studio of a water colour artist, who promoted his skills in drawing from life. He began oil painting at the age of 20.
Damian’s artworks often portray hidden metaphors. His landscapes are painted ‘en plein air’, setting up his home-made fold-able easel in the vineyards or fields. Or painting with a board propped up against the steering wheel of his car.
‘I’m a born and bred Capetonian. Nothing beats all the vineyards, fynbos, seas and mountains.’
Nudes and figures are drawn from life. He attends a weekly life drawing group, and is in charge of hiring models.
Damian also fills many notebooks with doodles and quick pen sketches. In them, he tries to capture people, animals or places as quickly as possible.
Drawing in pen is always so fascinating because here the artist has no safety net. And their process and personality can be readable like one’s handwriting.
Damian Osborne’s work can be found in private collections around the world.
Taking many of the influences from the past and present masters, Damian Osborne tries to paint ‘that which ignites the heart and the eyes,’ being true to his own wants as an artist.
He paints because he wants to be authentic; seeking originality and trying to find the balance between mystery and accessibility.
‘I want to awaken a sense of belonging in others, invite introspection and remind us of our connection to nature and timelessness; a place beyond the mundane.’
Group Exhibition — ‘Cultivating Culture Exhibition’, State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town, 2019
Group Exhibition — ‘Mandela Day Exhibition’, The Studio Art Gallery, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 2019
Group Exhibition — Plein Air Festival, Noordhoek, Cape Town, 2019
Group Exhibition — Plein Air Festival, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 2018
Studio Exhibition — Bergvliet, Cape Town, 2018
Art Fair — Festival of Art, Franschhoek, 2018
Solo Exhibition — Chardonnay Deli, Constantia, Cape Town, 2018
Group Exhibition — Simonstown Public Library Hall, Simonstown, Cape Town, 2017
Group Exhibition — Schalkenbosch Wine Farm, Tulbagh, 2017
Group Exhibition — ‘Celebrating Humanness’, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, 2017
Group Exhibition — ‘Winter Life Exhibition’, The Studio Art Gallery, St Peter’s Church, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, 2017
Group Exhibition — ‘Faces & Figures’, Bright Street Gallery, Somerset West, 2017
Solo Exhibition — Chardonnay Deli, Constantia, Cape Town, 2016
Group Exhibition — Art Sauce, Roland Street, Cape Town, 2015
Solo Exhibition — Alive Cafe, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 2014
Solo Exhibition — St Marks Church, District Six, Cape Town, 2009
Solo Exhibition — Groot Constantia, Rossouw Gallery, Cape Town, 2008
Solo Exhibition — Gallery 909, Waterfront, Cape Town, 2008
Solo Exhibition — Nassau Hall, Groote Schuur, Cape Town 2007
Platform 13, Fish Hoek, Cape Town
Art at Meerendal, Durbanville, Cape Town
Bright Street Gallery, Somerset West
The Gallery, Riebeek-Kastell
Artvark Gallery, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Art at Constantia, Constantia, Cape Town
Noordhoek Gallery, Noordhoek, Cape Town
Chameleon Gallery, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Art on the Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Rossouw Modern Gallery, Constantia, Cape Town
Hout Street Gallery, Paarl, Cape Town
Kelso Art Gallery and Framing, Meadowridge, Cape Town
Featured in: Poetry Book, 2020, — “Fragile: our world in reflection through poetry and art” by Athol Williams
Featured in: Artelibre Gallery, 2020, — “Tu mejor Pintura – Your best Painting” – TOMO I-II
Featured in: WKA ART, 2020 — Artists Worth Knowing About: DAMIAN OSBORNE
Interview: State of the Art Gallery, 2019 — Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: DAMIAN OSBORNE
Featured in: Blaauwberg Art Society, March 2018 Newsletter, Alla Prima Portrait Demonstration with the Zorn Palette
Interview: The Constantia Wine Tour, 2017 — The Best Combination of Art and Wine in Cape Town
Review: ETH Canvas, Damian Osborne
Featured in: Constantia Bullentin, 21 September 2017 — The Winter Life Exhibition
Interview: Studiovox – 20 Fabulous Fine Art Selfies, blog post, Alexis Lundy, February 2015,
Featured in: Aesthetica Magazine, Feb/March issue 2015,
Featured in: Constantiaberg Bulletin, 18 September 2014