Hi, I am

Jim Osborne

I am a a visual artist working in multiple fields.

about me

Hi there!

Having displayed a talent from drawing from an early age, on returning to Ireland after living in the UK, I returned to drawing and painting as a way to relax. This led to my exhibiting my art at solo shows, and as part of collective exhibitions since 2004.

Over the next few years, my work was featured at numerous high-profile galleries and festivals around Donegal.

In 2009 I was invited to create a large-scale outdoor sculpture work by artists’ collective, An Cosan Glas. The sculptures at this show were illuminated at the fall of dusk and over 3,000 people viewed the entire installation as part of the Errigal Arts Festival.

In 2013, I embarked on a departure in medium, message, and manifesto. Drawn on the condensation on his kitchen window with only my finger, my Steamy Windows art’s ephemera of light and water vapour depend on careful camera positioning and is captured digitally for limited edition print. There is NO original, as the image evaporates after a few seconds, therefore each reproduction carries more weight.

I would consider my work created using this method to be ‘Environmental’ Art. These pieces, once photographed, are printed on to panama cotton using naturale vegatable inks, which are 100% Eco friendly. The work is then hand finished to create a one-off unique image.

The image captured by the camera is the only visual record of what I have done. Seconds later there is nothing but vapor and light, as my work fades once again on my window.

Proof that all an artist needs to be creative is their imagination, my work is not Photoshopped. The difference between each piece of work is down to the light, weather, and time of day –  nothing else. I believe this purity in my artwork is what distinguishes me from other artists.

Steamy Windows

“Proof that all and artist needs is imagination to be creative, my work is not Photoshopped, the difference between each piece of work is down to the light, weather, and time of day… nothing else. I believe this purity in my artwork is what distinguishes me from other artists.”

Current Exhibitions

2020: Royal Ulster Academy Autumn Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

Past Exhibitions

2004: Harbour Bar, Downings, Co. Donegal
2004: Glebe Gallery, Churchill, Co. Donegal
2006: Fleadh Ceoil/Errigal Arts Festival, Co. Donegal
2007: Greer Gallery, Ramelton, Co. Donegal
2008: The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
2008: RNLI Arts Exhibition, Co. Donegal
2009 – 2015: An Cosan Glas/Errigal Arts Festival, Magheroarty Beach/Letterkenny Town Park, Co. Donegal
2010: The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
2014 : Saatchart Gallery, USA
2016: One Art Workhouse, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
2017: PH21 Gallery, Budapest. Selected as the jury’s section
2018: Alison Smith Gallery, Johnston City, TX USA
2018 : Royal Ulster Academy Summer Exhibition, Belfast
2019: An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny joint xmas exhibition
2020: Royal Ulster Academy Autumn Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast