Sculptor, born in Brighton, Sussex. A dyslexic with little formal education, he was first apprenticed to Alec Frost, where he learnt decorative crafts such as gilding and mould-making. In 1975, with little experience in foundries but with an inborn artistic talent and a practical, ingenious mind, Osborne set up a bronze foundry in Hove. He cast his own mainly figurative work until he became too busy sculpting and began to rely on Lunts, Birmingham, and Mike Fry Art Bronze Foundry, Basingstoke, to do this. Although it received little critical attention, his work found favour with the public in England and the Middle East, where he showed for some years. In 1985, Osborne opened studios in Covent, Garden, which attracted a range of people: members of the royal family, local artisans, dancers from the Royal Opera House and city businessmen.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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