Born in London 1959, Katie 0'Sullivan, a convent educated girl from an Irish family, trained at Chelsea College of Art, rather against the wishes of her surgeon father. She has been exhibiting her work since 1981, most often at The Osborne Studio Gallery, but also in New York City, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Since her first exhibition, commissions from racehorse owners and trainers have never ceased.
Married to ex National Hunt jockey, now trainer, Jamie Osborne, who keeps at least 70 horses in their stables at any one time, Katie lives and works in the middle of the racing scene at their large family house in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire.
Sir Peter 0'Sullevan, the Voice of Racing, who was Chairman of the Osborne Studio Gallery, describes her painting: "Katie is quite simply one of the most original and beguiling interpreters of the power and grace of the horse in the history of equine art."
Her painting is never dull, she uses gold and silver leaf, and paints over collages of old engravings. Her subjects are not confined to Thoroughbred racehorses and jockeys, but inspired by African wildlife and for this exhibition she has been drawn to the beauty and brilliance of birds. She is constantly searching for fresh perspectives, on an intense, never satisfied quest. Her paintings for the exhibition will be barely finished at the time of the private view.
For more information, visit: www.osg.uk.com/exhibition_calendar
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