An exhibition of watercolour paintings by Raymond Osborn is currently running in Clonmel Library.
A full time painter, Raymond has exhibited in the town regularly in recent years and his sales in this area are an indication of the popularity of the artist, who, as usual, has included many works of local interest in this latest exhibition, which runs until December 6.
For most of his career Raymond worked in commercial design and painting was his way to unwind but for the past 14 years he has been a professional artist. His preferred medium is watercolour but he also works in acrylics and pastel.
In all of his work his design background is apparent in the superb draughtsmanship that enables him to realistically capture the most complex subjects. His technical ability with watercolour gives him the confidence to fully exploit the vibrancy of this most challenging medium, producing light-filled paintings, full of mood and atmosphere.
He has exhibited in many Dublin galleries over the years, as well as the Archangel Gallery in Listowel and the Kenny Gallery in Lahinch. He exhibits annually in Mother of Fair Love School during the Kilkenny Arts Festival, moving his studio into the school, painting and enjoying the interaction with the public.
For the past six years he has been the participating artist at Art in Action in Townley Hall, Drogheda and Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. He has also exhibited at Eigse in Carlow. In the recent past Raymond has had solo shows in the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, the Old Market House Art Centre, Dungarvan and the Garter Lane Art Centre in Waterford, as a result of which he was offered a residency at the Cill Rialaig project in County Kerry. His work is in corporate and private collections throughout the world and in 2004 he was commissioned by the OPW to produce a series of paintings of St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.
Raymond gives watercolour workshops and demonstrations to art groups throughout Ireland and currently runs an advanced watercolour painting course in the South Tipperary Arts Centre in Clonmel.