This exhibition entitled Persephone’s Tale by Northwest artist Kim Osgood includes a new series of vividly colorful monotypes. Osgood’s lively one-of-a-kind prints overflow with playful and appealing elements portraying familiar imagery of birds, flora and fauna, and domestic elements. The work’s irresistible vivacity affected by her personal energy and enthusiasm is apparent in its celebration and elevation of the common object. Osgood’s personality is well suited to the spontaneous technique of monotype, laying out a composition intuitively with oil-based printing inks on plexiglass, she uses an offset press to “pull” a unique work on paper. This new body of works experiments with unique compositional juxtapositions, a variety of still life subject matter that is captured in moments of change, and a rich pallet of background colors ranging from deep reds and golds to more quiet, transparent creams and warm white.
Kim Osgood has exhibited her work since the mid-1980s and her work has been part of exhibitions including the Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum; PICA; PVCA; Washington State University, Pullman; and Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. She studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is well collected and is part of many collections including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA; Nordstrom Inc, in multiple states; 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. She also received a 2011 Residency at Joshua Tree National Park in California, allowing Osgood to make work that was included in an exhibition at the park’s visitor center.