Danny Osborne

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Danny Osborne
Dorset, England
EducationBournemouth & Poole College of Art
Notable work
Oscar Wilde Memorial
Statue of writer Oscar Wilde by Danny Osborne in Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland. Unveiled 28 October 1997[1]

Danny Osborne is an artist born in Dorset, England in 1949.[2][3][4][5] He is a resident of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada and Cork, Ireland. Osborne studied at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art.[3][5] He is best known for his public sculptures, particularly his Oscar Wilde Memorial Sculpture in Merrion Square Park (originally commissioned by Guinness Ireland Group for £45,000[6]), located across from Ireland's National Gallery;[3][7][8] listed by The Irish Times as one of the sites to see before you die along with an essay by Paula Murphy in the book Wilde: The Irishman and other notable public work including "First Breath" at Millennium Park in Kilrush, Co. Clare.[5][9][10][11][12] In 1986, while living on the Beara peninsula in West Cork, Osborne and his series of porcelain figures were the subject of the documentary "Birds in Porcelain" by David Shaw-Smith.[13]

He is also known for his paintings of the Canadian Arctic[2] and his experimentation with lava flows to create sculptures,[13][14] which he is believed to be the first to figure out a process of casting sculpture out of live lava flows.[15][16] His work has included lava cast sculptures from the active complex volcano Pacaya. His work is in both public and private collections including AIB, the Arts Council of Ireland, Bord Fáilte, the Investment Bank of Ireland, Bank of Ireland, the Contemporary Irish Art Society, and Art Bank's inclusion of the sculpture 'Conquistador Helmet 1'.[10][17]

On 1 April 2009, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut Peter Kilabuk unveiled his official portrait painted by Osborne.[18] He is a member of the Iqaluit Visual Artists and has also taught jewellery students at Nunavut Arctic College.[19][20]

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  1. ^ Casey, Christine (2006). Dublin: The City Within the Grand and Royal Canals and the Circular Road, with the Phoenix Park. ISBN 0300109237.
  2. ^ a b Dunne, Aidan (March 1998). "The Osborne cometh". World of Hibernia. 3 (4): 24.
  3. ^ a b c Buckman, David (2006). Artists in Britain since 1945: Volume 2: M-Z. Art Dictionaries Ltd. p. 1207. ISBN 095326095X.
  4. ^ Ireland Today (942–983). 1979. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b c McCormack, Dr. Jerusha (1998). Wilde the Irishman. Yale University Press. pp. 128, 129, 191. ISBN 0300072961.
  6. ^ The Irish American Post Magazine. 5: 28. 1996. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Associated Press (20 November 1997). "Wilde statue returns dignity to late author". Eugene Register-Guard.
  8. ^ Evangelista, Stefano (2010). The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 63. ISBN 978-1847060051.
  9. ^ "Sites to see before you die". The Irish Times. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Taylor Galleries". Archived from the original on 11 August 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Sculptor Danny Osborne for VULGO". Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Oscar Wilde in Archbishop Ryan Park (Merrion Square)". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  13. ^ a b "A geological odyssey for Oscar as Wilde gets a new jade head". The Irish Times. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  14. ^ Zarate, Gabriel (2 July 2010). "Fire and molten rock gives birth to art". NunatsiaqOnline. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  15. ^ Dunne, Aidan (22 March 1998). "The Osborne cometh: enraptured by the rugged landscape of West Cork, artist Danny Osborne dreamed of painting the glacial forces that created the region 10,000 years ago. (Irish-based painter and sculptor)". Highbeam originally Irish Times. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  16. ^ Letts, Daron (26 June 2010). "The hottest art in the Arctic". Northern News Services. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Canadian Council of the Arts, Arts Bank". Conquistador Helmet 1. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  18. ^ Sloan, Carolyn (6 April 2009). "Former speaker's portrait unveiled". Northern News Service. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  19. ^ Garbutt, Nicole (16 April 2012). "Artists share their perspectives". Northern News Service. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  20. ^ Power, Laura (31 March 2008). "Sharpening skills with Danny". Northern News Service. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.

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