Lyndal Osborne was born in Newcastle, Australia. She studied at the National Art School 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 Department of Art and Design, 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.
Recent exhibitions include: Vernon Public Art Gallery, BC – The Reach, Abbotsford, BC in 2016 – Art Gallery of Burlington, ON- Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
in 2015 – JNAA Gallery, Sarnia ON – Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton in 2014 – Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS – The Rooms, St John’s NL in 2012 – RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (Australia), Museum London ON, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery AB, Red Deer Museum+ Art Gallery AB in 2011- Dunlop Gallery, Regina MT in 2010 – Penticton Art Gallery BC in 2009 – Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa – Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Kitchener ON in 2008.
International Invitational and Juried Print Exhibitions – 1968-2004 (Over 250 exhibitions)
Argentina: Buenos Aires; Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Bathurst, Warrnambool, Freemantle, Maitland, Grafton; Belgium: Brussels; Brazil: Cabo Frio, San Paulo, Curitibu, Brazilia; Bulgaria: Sophia, Varna Canada: Ottawa, Kitchener, Medicine Hat, Toronto, Kelowna, Vancouver, Burnaby, Brantford, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Guelph, Québec City, Red Deer, Kelowna, London, Hamilton; Czech Republic: Prague; Egypt: Giza; Finland: Jyvaskyla; France: Paris; Germany: Berlin, Nurnberg, Frechen; Iceland: Reykjavik; India: Bhopal, Bharat Bhavan; Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Kochi-shi, Hakodate, Sapporo, Kanagawa, Wakayama, Nagoya, Amagasaki; Korea: Seoul; Netherlands: Maastricht; Norway: Fredrikstad; Poland: Torun, Cracow, Katowice, Poznan, Lodz; ROC: Taiwan, Hong Kong; Slovenia: Ljubljana; Spain: Ibza; Sweden: Stockholm; UK: Bradford, London; Uruguay: Montivedego; USA: Auburn, Chicago, San Francisco, Flint, Dickinson, Miami, Silvermine, Lubbock, Worcester, St. Joseph, Boston, New York, Columbus, Houston, Kingston, Los Angeles, New Canaan, Corvallia, Columbus
2016 Atco Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
2006 Salute to Excellence Award, City of Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta
2006 Alberta Centennial Medal, Edmonton, Alberta
2005 Helen Collinson Award, Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund, Edmonton
2004 Performance Award, Salute to Excellence, City of Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta
1998 Elected Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Art
1991 J. Gordon Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, University of Alberta, Edmonton
1990 McCalla Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Real Canadian Superstore Award ’90 (Established Artist Category)
Dickinson State College, Dickinson, North Dakota
National Gallery of Canada
University of Northern Illinois
CIL House, Toronto, Ontario
Texas Tech., Lubbock, Texas
Petro-Canada, Canada Place, Calgary
University of Milwaukee Union, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Alberta Government House, Hong Kong
Beloit Art Centre, Wisconsin
University of Calgary, Alberta
Red Deer College Collection
Burnaby Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Clarkson Gordon, Edmonton
Alberta Art Foundation
Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ont.
Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, Ont.
University of Saskatchewan
& Edmonton, AB
Mercantile Bank of Canada, Vancouver
Government House, Edmonton
Bank of Nova Scotia, Vancouver, B.C.
Hallmark Cards, Toronto
Canada Art Bank
University of Calgary, Art Committee
University of Michigan
International Trust Company
Bank of Montreal, Edmonton
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta
Kelly Lavoie, Montreal
Canadian Industrial & Commercial Bank Canada
Athabasca University, Edmonton
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
Alcan Aluminum Ltd., Montreal
Guarantee Trust, Toronto
Lethbridge Regional Hospital
Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Morrison Petroleums, Calgary
Grant MacEwan Community College, Edmonton
Art Gallery of Tolbuhin, Bulgaria
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
Cracow BWA Gallery, Poland
Norcen Energy Resources, Calgary
Chiyoda Fire & Marine Insur. Sapporo, Japan
Royal Bank, Calgary
Silvermine Arts Centre, Connecticut
Kunstverein, Frechen, Germany
Edmonton City Hall
Canadian Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Malaspina Print Shop, Vancouver
Memorial University, Nfld.
Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge
Print Study Centre, U of Alberta, Edmonton
Seneca College, Ontario