Art Gallery of Alberta

Lyndal Osborne: Bowerbird, Life as Art
February 1-April 27, 2014


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Archipelago, 2008. Mixed media installation. Dimensions: variable: approximately 60.96 x 914 x 762 cm

Endless Forms Most Beautiful, 2006 – 2011. Mixed media installation. 218.4 x 749.3 x 304.8 cm. Collection of the Artist.

Surge, 1995 – 2008. Sculptural installation: water reeds, string, gel and steel. 71 x 286 x 93 cm. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.



Lyndal Osborne: Bowerbird, Life as Art is a survey exhibition of the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne. The exhibition traces the almost 40-year career of this nationally renowned artist, starting with early print works from the mid-1970s to the complex, multi-component installations of the present day.

Over the last 40 years, Lyndal Osborne has also developed a remarkable body of large-scale sculpture and installations that have brought her art work to national attention. These sculptural creations are densely woven, deeply layered constructions of natural materials. Through observing, collecting and manipulating material from the world around her, Osborne is able to enhance our understanding of both the natural world and the place in which we live. Consistent in all of Osborne’s work is a fascination with the processes of growth and decay, life and death. Her work speaks of the possibility of infinite transformation, yet, also reminds us of the fragility and impermanence of the world and our place within it.

Lyndal Osborne immigrated to Canada from Australia in 1971 and since that time played a fundamental role in the development and growth of the Alberta art community. She is a strong and active presence in Edmonton, but is also an ongoing contributor to the cultural heritage of Alberta. Osborne was instrumental in establishing both the Printmaking Department at the University of Alberta as well as their Print Study Centre, which opened in 1997. Osborne’s work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions at venues such as: The Rooms (St. Johns, Nfld.), Glenbow Museum (Calgary), the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge); the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Kamloops Art Gallery amongst others; and her print work continues to be included in graphic biennales and exhibitions around the world.

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