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Ms. Chris Osborne

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Official Visual Artist

17th Annual Festival
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • BA
    Bard College
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Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp - News - Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne
litchfieldjazzfest.com, 19 June 2012 [cached]
Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne | More » Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp - News - Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne
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Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne
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The Litchfield Jazz Festival has chosen New Milford native Chris Osborne as the official Visual Artist for the 17th Annual Festival which returns to the Goshen Fairgrounds August 10-12. Category: Festival Posted by: ksimpson
Ms. Osborne's painting of the legendary pianist and friend of the Festival, Dave Brubeck, will be this summer's official Festival art reproduced on T-shirts offered for sale to benefit Litchfield Performing Arts, the not-for-profit parent of the Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp.
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Ms. Osborne has graciously donated the original painting, autographed by Dave Brubeck, for the Festival's first live auction on Opening Night, August 10th.
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Chris Osborne, who has long paid homage to the American automobile in her work, took a lucky turn in her work when she was thrust into the American Jazz Scene as a manager for Jazz & Blues for Tower Records. Since that time, many of her images have included a blend of the dual American icons-jazz and cars. She has exhibited her work at The Litchfield Jazz Festival for over a decade, including figurative paintings with meticulous detail of seminal figures in jazz like the great Buddy Bolden, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith and others.
Chris is the recipient of the 2007 National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic (NSPCA) Prize, the Classic Car Club of America 2003 Fine Art Award of Excellence, and the Glenmoor Gathering (Ohio) 2007 Best of Show award. She is currently working on a history of jazz and a history of blues in visual form, decade by decade, city by city, with the American automobile as a focal point. The Connecticut Office of the Arts awarded this project a 2012 Artist Fellowship Grant. The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists honored her with a 2010 Award of Merit.
Ms. Osborne's work will be exhibited along with that of two dozen fine artists and crafters from the region at the Jazz Festival in Goshen.
Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp - Festival News - Litchfield Jazz Festival Named a “Top 100†Event for 2009
litchfieldjazzfest.com [cached]
Litchfield Jazz Festival has chosen New Milford native Chris Osborne as the official Visual Artist for 2012. The Litchfield County Times published a feature on Ms. Osborne, her work, and her long relationship with the Jazz Festival in the paper on Friday, July 27th. More »
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Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne
Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne The Litchfield Jazz Festival has chosen New Milford native Chris Osborne as the official Visual Artist for the 17th Annual Festival which returns to the Goshen Fairgrounds August 10-12. More »
Picture That, LLC: Promoting Cultural Awareness and Diversity Through the Arts"
www.picture-that.com, 28 Dec 2013 [cached]
Chris Osborne (CT) Picture That, LLC: Promoting Cultural Awareness and Diversity Through the Arts"
Picture That
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Chris Osborne
Recipient of the 2007 National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic (NSPCA) Prize, the Classic Car Club of America 2003 Fine Art Award of Excellence, and the Glenmoor Gathering (Ohio) 2007 Best of Show award, Chris Osborne pays homage to the American automobile by way of the art of portraiture. "There are key things in American culture that absorb my attention, the fabulous cars of decades past, the colorful people who drove them, the Hollywood Golden Age, and the true American musical genres, Jazz & Blues. Any combination of these elements may appear in my work. After exhaustive factual research and the use of figurative models, I like to apply an imaginative view of history, bringing to the present a candid moment in time shared with the viewer."
Raised in New Milford, Connecticut, Osborne received a BA in Art from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson NY and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After an extended stay on Martha's Vineyard in the 1970's, she moved to New York City, working with legendary artist's agent Jane Lander representing a group of illustrators with a preference toward fine art. This pivotal move guided Chris toward figurative drawing and painting, and in the mid-1980's she left the agent profession to pursue art on her own. Over the decade of the 1990's Chris supplemented her work by managing the Jazz & Blues department at Tower Records Lincoln Center, the largest retail record store in New York, which put her significantly in the midst of the music world. It was an experience that will forever enrich her painting, as she is currently working on a history of Jazz and a history of Blues in visual form, decade by decade, city by city, with the American automobile as a natural focal point.
Chris has exhibited widely in galleries and art associations in the Northeast and New York City, along with invitational exhibits at annual Collector Car events such as the Kruse Auction in Auburn, Indiana, the Louisville Concours d'Elegance, the Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, the Las Vegas Concours d'Elegance, the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance, and the Classic Car Club of America annual gathering in Hickory Corners, Michigan. She was the CCCA poster artist for 2005. In April & May of 2006 the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum and Kruse Museum in Indiana exhibited her work in a solo show. The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists honored her with a 2010 Award of Merit.
The Art of Jazz - Chris ...
www.jazzink.com, 22 Oct 2012 [cached]
The Art of Jazz - Chris Osborne and JoAnna Lombardi
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At the 2012 Litchfield Jazz Festival, two special artists were showcased in the Exhibitor's Village, Chris Osborne and JoAnna Lombardi.
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JoAnna Lombardi (left) and Chris Osborne at the Litchfield Jazz Festival (photo © Kevin R. Mason)
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Chris Osborne
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Chris said, "I am so honored.
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In a very generous move to raise even more funds, Osborne donated the original painting to the festival's live auction. The painting has a fascinating history. It was still unfinished when Chris hung it in her booth at the 2009 Litchfield Jazz Festival. Brubeck's daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Arne Yaghsizian were visiting the festival to promote their non-profit organization, Jazz'd 4 Life. They stopped to chat, and Osborne recalled, "Arne suggested I show Dave the unfinished painting.
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Chris later completed the painting, painstakingly adding details from the Litchfield Jazz Festival, taking care not to disturb Brubeck's signature.
Chris Osborne with two of her best known paintings
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Raised in New Milford, Connecticut, Chris Osborne received a BA in Art from Bard College and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin.
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This guided Chris toward figurative drawing and painting, and in the mid-1980s she decided to leave the agent profession to pursue her own artistic impulses.
To supplement her art, from 1988 to 2000, Osborne worked as the Jazz and Blues Retail Manager for Tower Records at Lincoln Center. That job immersed her into the jazz world and proved to be a priceless source of inspiration for her art. Osborne recalled, "Tower was the hub of so much activity. Between the musicians, the sales reps, and the customers, it was a great place to interact with people. Chris became quite knowledgeable about the genre, and built up Tower's jazz section into something so substantial that Billboard Magazine often called her for articles and quotes.
Osborne elaborated on the value of her time at Tower. "Music retail, or any retail job, is not what you do for a good paycheck; you're not going to get wealthy. The riches came from the people I met. Newsman Peter Jennings came by often, and Chris said "In some ways, I taught him a lot about jazz. He really wanted to learn, so I compiled packages for him about the legends of jazz. He loved that, and he invited me to a couple of his jazz benefit concerts at his house in Bridgehampton, NY. Those were great summer events, and the people he had play there were phenomenal, like Max Roach, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, and Harry "Sweets" Edison. They were fantastic evenings, and I felt so lucky to be there. Chris got to know many jazz greats who frequented Tower, including Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Abbey Lincoln, Tommy Flanagan, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Joe Henderson, Benny Green, Joe Lovano, Paquito D'Rivera, Paul Motian, McCoy Tyner, Cyrus Chestnut, Dr. Billy Taylor, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Jon Faddis.
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Through Tower, Osborne was placed on guest lists of many recording artists at jazz clubs throughout the city. "I particularly like The Village Vanguard," she said, "because of the intimacy...Anybody you get to see, you just feel that you're right there. It's the truest jazz experience, I think."
Osborne met Rosemary Clooney at Rockefeller Center's Rainbow and Stars.
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Osborne became the go-to person for finding rare and re-issued records, something she did for many artists, including some who lived in other cities.
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George Benson would also call upon Chris when seeking a particular recording.
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Osborne located the vinyl album at a store in lower Manhattan, and Benson asked her to ride with him to the store.
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Chris recalled, "So I rode all the way down from 66th Street to 14th Street in this '59 Cadillac with the top down. He was wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap. At stop lights, people would yell, 'What kind of car is that?' But they never knew they were asking George Benson!"
Osborne made a special connection with Tony Bennett.
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Bennett liked to chat, and Osborne said, "He's a painter, so we really hit it off in two ways: our art and our love of jazz.
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After reading Bennett's autobiography, Chris was inspired to create the extraordinary painting, Tony Bennett's Dream Concert.
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Such Sweet Thunder by Chris Osborne
Another exceptional Osborne painting, Such Sweet Thunder, was commissioned by trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.
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In the imaginative scene, Osborne shows the Shakespearian troupe and the Ellington Band arriving at London's Globe Theater. In addition to the remarkable likenesses of the three main subjects, the details make the painting both whimsical and infused with deep meaning. At close inspection, you can see the faces of Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk painted as carvings in the ornate Elizabethan chair Delfeayo is sitting in, and Osborne said, "I would have added a lot more jazz greats, but there wasn't enough room!"
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Chris left Tower Records in 2000 to focus on her art. She said, "Fortunately, I left before the end of record stores; that would have been pretty miserable. I still dream about being there. It was such a fantastic, wonderful place at that time in my life. I never, ever was reluctant to get up and go to work. It was fun."
The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists honored her with an Award of Merit in 2010, and Osborne is currently working on a history of jazz and blues in visual form, decade by decade, city by city, with the American automobile as a natural focal point. The Connecticut Office of the Arts has awarded this ambitious project a 2012 Artist Fellowship Grant. Chris said, "I started this project with a painting in tribute to Buddy Bolden, considered by many to be the founder of jazz in early 20th century New Orleans. Chris was quoted in the Litchfield Times as saying, "I always loved jazz, so having this opportunity to bridge my love of music and painting is wonderful...For me, it is an opportunity to bring [jazz artists] to a wider cultural awareness, and capture their hearts and souls for the audience."
Chris also wants to paint more blues women of the twenties.
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JoAnna Lombardi and Chris Osborne are close friends, and when asked about JoAnna's art, Chris said, "I love her art.
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JoAnna and Chris met around 2002 when JoAnna took a class that Chris was teaching.
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JoAnna and Chris met around 2002 when JoAnna took a class that Chris was teaching.
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Chris had asked all the students to bring a sample of their art to class.
The Register Citizen - Artists exhibit talent during jazz festival
www.ctcentral.com, 6 Aug 2006 [cached]
Chris Osborne, New Milford, displayed her artwork at the painter's exhibit tent.Osborne incorporated both her love of jazz and cars into her paintings."I think it's more important to make these people well known," Osborne said, referring to jazz musicians such as Buddy Bolden and Robert Johnson.
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The British blues wave of the 1960s was heavily influenced by artists such as Johnson, who haven't gotten the attention and notoriety in the United States that they have in the United Kingdom, Osborne said.
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Osborne has been painting and displaying her works since 2000.This was her fourth trip to the Litchfield Jazz Fest.Osborne has a unique style of painting where she incorporates some of the lyrics and song titles from the artists into her works.
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In the painting, the license plate reads 32-20BL, which stands for "32-20 Blues," one of his songs, Osborne said.Another part of the painting was influenced by the lyrics "hot foot powder around my door," which was voodoo used at the time to keep demons away, Osborne said.Osborne also does work regarding vintage celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
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Osborne said she was pushed in the direction of painting after the death of her parents in 1997. "It changes your thinking about life and shows how little time you have left," Osborne said.Osborne was a retail manager in the jazz and blues department at Tower Records in New York City until 2000, when she moved back to Connecticut.
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