Art Gallery of Alberta

Lyndal Osborne

In-Gallery Tour with Lyndal Osborne

Wednesday, April 9, 7 pm
Exhibition space, 3rd Level
Free with Gallery admission*

*Please note that Lyndal Osborne: Bowerbird, Life as Art has a limited capacity. Tour tickets will be offered on a first come first served basis at Member and Guest Services between 6:30 and 7:00 pm the day of the program. No preregistration necessary.

Join nationally renowned Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne as she leads a special tour of her new AGA exhibition, Bowerbird, Life as Art. Osborne will discuss her nearly 40-year career, sharing the stories behind the artworks on display—from her print work from the mid-1970s to her critically acclaimed, large-scale sculptural installations of present day. This is a one-time only event.


Lyndal Osborne was born in Newcastle, Australia. She studied at the National Art Scholl in Sydney and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Since 1971, Osborne has been based in Edmonton, and is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. Osborne has been exhibiting in Canada and internationally since the early 1970s and has shown in over 360 exhibitions. She is represented in many private and public collections worldwide.

Osborne’s sculptures and installations have developed an individual approach that utilizes found and recycled material that she alters through the application of colour, manipulating their original shape, and/or by placing the objects in new contexts so they develop new metaphorical meaning. Her installation work speaks of the forces of transformation within nature, as well as commenting upon pressing issues relating to the environment. In her work Osborne has focused on an examination of the issues of genetically modified organisms and more recently on the crisis in the global oceans.

Her work is represented in numerous Canadian collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta. Recent exhibitions include Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS, The Rooms, St John’s NL, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (Australia), 2011, Museum London, 2011, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2011, Red Deer Museum+ Art Gallery, 2011, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2010, Dunlop Gallery, Regina, 2010, Penticton Art Gallery, 2009, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2008 and Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Kitchener, 2008.