We are pleased to present the work of Portland artist, Kim Osgood. Her lively compositions incorporate birds, plants, flowers, fruit, books and architecture as well as being influenced by her travels, most recently to Morocco. These visual diaries are begun intuitively by laying out a composition with oil-based paints. Her inspiration can come from memories, photographs or the fresh flowers she finds in her garden. She creates monotypes; a process using an offset press to make one-of-a-kind works on paper. This spontaneous and ephemeral technique suits Osgood artistically; her personal expression is interpreted directly into a distinct vocabulary of bold imagery and vibrant color. By working continuously, she paints on one plate until it can be offset and completed. A viscosity technique using different ink consistencies enhances her richly built up surfaces. Several paper pieces may be combined into a triptych to create larger works. The irresistible vivacity that runs throughout her work reflects the very aura of the artist, herself.
Kim Osgood studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited her work since the mid-1980s beginning with the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and including the Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum; PICA; Washington State University, Pullman; and Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. Her work is well collected and in such collections as Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR; Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland, OR; MOMO International, New York; Oregon History Center, Portland; and The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum, OR.