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Ms. Chris Osborne

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17Th Anniversary Visual Artist

The Litchfield Jazz Festival
 
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  • BA
    Bard College
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Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp - News -
litchfieldjazzfest.com, 19 June 2012 [cached]
Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne | More » Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp - News -
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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.
Works by Chris Osborne, ...
www.stamfordadvocate.com, 29 Oct 2014 [cached]
Works by Chris Osborne, Justin Perlman and Shel Secunda at Danbury gallery | Jimi Hendrix and his Corvette are seen in upstate New York during the summer of 1969, in a painting by New Milford artist Chris Osborne. | more »
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Works by Chris Osborne, Justin Perlman and Shel Secunda at Danbury gallery
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Jimi Hendrix and his Corvette are seen in upstate New York during the summer of 1969, in a painting by New Milford artist Chris Osborne.
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Tony Bennett is seen in his studio with New Milford artist Chris Osborne's painting of him, his 1956 green Thunderbird, and many of his cherished friends. Photo: Contributed Photo / The News-Times Contributed
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Tony Bennett is seen in his studio with New Milford artist Chris Osborne's painting of him, his 1956 green Thunderbird, and many of his cherished friends.
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Jimi Hendrix and his Corvette are seen in upstate New York during the summer of 1969, in a painting by New Milford artist Chris Osborne.
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Tony Bennett is seen in his studio with New Milford artist Chris Osborne's painting of him, his 1956 green Thunderbird, and many of his cherished friends.
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"In the late 1980s while photographing Bo Diddley for a painting, I learned he had owned a 1957 Chevy and I decided to paint him with one; that's how the car thing started," said Osborne, who has been creating art since she was a child.
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Osborne thoroughly researches all of her subjects. Scails said Osborne is probably best known for her painting of Jimi Hendrix inside his Corvette.
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The painting of Carly Simon with a family of cheetahs does not have a car in it, said Osborne.
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Osborne said she felt Simon would look good in a portrait with a family of beautiful cheetahs, so that's how she painted her.
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Osborne is currently working on a history of jazz and a history of blues on canvas, decade by decade, city by city, with the American automobile as a natural focal point.
From 1989 to 2000 she managed the jazz and blues department at the Tower Records that was next to Lincoln Center. That position put her in the midst of the music world, and was an experience that continues to enrich her painting.
"I met people like Tony Bennett at Tower Records," said Osborne.
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.
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.
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hfas.org, 17 Feb 2014 [cached]
Chris Osborne
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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. 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. The Connecticut Office of the Arts awarded this project a 2012 Artist Fellowship Grant, and in 2010 the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists honored her with an Award of Merit.
Chris has done commissioned paintings for Cassandra Wilson and Delfeayo Marsalis, and her art is in the collections of Tony Bennett, Jon Faddis, and Dave Brubeck.
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