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Patrick J Osborne

Patrick J Osborne

Lincoln, CA

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WHAT YOU'RE SEEING:
With a background in painting, graphic arts and photography, my current work combines all three. They're neither true photographs, nor true paintings, but a synthesis of original photos and elements from all three disciplines, and any number of special treatments I've given them.

THE PROCESS
I deconstruct an original photo, and re-assemble it--deliberately leaving things out--while including elements from altogether different images. I may add paint strokes or pastel highlights, for added luminance. Being a texture-freak, I never miss an opportunity to capture the essence of stone, concrete, peeling paint, fabric, and just about anything that's rusted, cracked, crazed or crumpled.

INSPIRATION
I'm fascinated by shadows and reflections---and how in normal settings, our brains tend to filter reflections out, favoring a simple, recognizable two-dimensional image. Think about how your brain protects you when you're driving wet streets at night; and how it automatically downplays and filters all the chaotic reflections---allowing you to stay focused on just the essential cars, signs and traffic lights.

I like to play with the parts of an image that would ordinarily go unobserved, and create a tension between the expected an unexpected. I always know that my best opportunities will be at dawn or sunset---right about when my own goofy shadow is forty feet long. I love how shadows reveal an alter-reality to what appears to be a fairly normal subject, as I look for ways to exaggerate and accentuate their effect on a subject. Most of my still life images rely heavily on shadows and reflections for depth, balance and atmosphere.

FINDING ART IN CHAOS
Because my eye is always searching for textures to photograph, I sometimes find surfaces that contain amazing, completely accidental compositions all by themselves. Such was the basis for a number of my abstracts that I discovered melded into the floor of a college art studio where students had been dripping, smearing and spattering paint for at least 50 years. There is almost always something valuable right under my nose---or under my feet. More than once people have wondered who this guy is that gleefully snaps photo after photo of everything that shouldn't be photographed.

 

Red Splash by Patrick J Osborne

 

Lincoln Oak by Patrick J Osborne

 

Glowing Cloud by Patrick J Osborne

 

Ornament by Patrick J Osborne

 

Catalina Harbor by Patrick J Osborne

 

Green Marble by Patrick J Osborne

 

Bryce Canyon by Patrick J Osborne

 

Big Sky by Patrick J Osborne

 

Berkeley Marina by Patrick J Osborne

 

Barrel Cacti by Patrick J Osborne

 

Arizona Sky by Patrick J Osborne

 

Alameda Creek by Patrick J Osborne

 

Arancione by Patrick J Osborne

 

Tulips by Patrick J Osborne

 

41 Chev by Patrick J Osborne

 

River Arno by Patrick J Osborne

 

Platanos by Patrick J Osborne

 

Bromo by Patrick J Osborne

 

One Peach by Patrick J Osborne

 

Green Vase by Patrick J Osborne

 

Artichoke by Patrick J Osborne

 

Tres Chiles by Patrick J Osborne

 

Donna in Finestra by Patrick J Osborne

 

Sienna Window by Patrick J Osborne

 

Yellow boat by Patrick J Osborne

 

Grand Canal by Patrick J Osborne

 

Blue Boat by Patrick J Osborne

 

Venice Streetlight by Patrick J Osborne

 

Venice Bridge by Patrick J Osborne

 

Vatican Palm by Patrick J Osborne

 

Tuscany I by Patrick J Osborne

 

Sunrise Canal by Patrick J Osborne

 

39 Willys by Patrick J Osborne

 

Pieta by Patrick J Osborne

 

Driving Wheel by Patrick J Osborne

 

Santa Fe Loco by Patrick J Osborne

 

Burano Tower by Patrick J Osborne

 

CrowMoon and Orion by Patrick J Osborne

 

49 Cad by Patrick J Osborne

 

Wisteria Door by Patrick J Osborne

 

House of Seven Gables by Patrick J Osborne

 

Pueblo Cat by Patrick J Osborne

 

Galesburg House by Patrick J Osborne

 

Apple Hill Moonrise by Patrick J Osborne

 

Nevada City F.D. by Patrick J Osborne

 

Lincoln Skyline by Patrick J Osborne

 

Spruzzi I by Patrick J Osborne

 

Wharf Gull by Patrick J Osborne