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zom osborne

Art has always been a way of making the invisible visible. The symbolic, the archetypal, the mythical and the spiritual - those are what fascinate me and drive my art. As artists have done for millennia, I seek to communicate and nourish the invisible realms .

I grew up in Portland Oregon in a family that loved to go camping in the Oregon mountain ranges, and visit the windswept beaches of the Pacific Northwest. As an adolescent I spent much of my free time  in the nearby Hoyt Aboredum, 190 acres of trees and hiking trails. I have always felt at home in nature.


At the age of 26 I emigrated to Australia, originally living in Sydney. After I met my partner we moved to northern NSW where we live in a community on 80 acres in the rainforest. I love it. Everyday we are entwined with nature, surrounded by trees and wildlife.

AbCurriculum Vitae



1990-1993:  Certificate of Achievement in Classical Painting and Drawing at the Studio Art School, Lismore NSW

1989:  Post-Graduate degree in Visual Arts from College of Fine Arts, Sydney 

1978-1981: Major in Fine Arts at University of Washington; Seattle Wa USA


Solo Exhibitions:

          December 2019: a New World; Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore NSW,

March 2015: the Daughters of Gaia; ANR Artspace, Alstonville

February 2009: In-Between; Tweed Regional Gallery

July 2008: Pinch Me to See if You’re Dreaming; Grafton Regional Gallery

October 2006:Stories of My Second Life; Lismore Regional Gallery


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021: Untitled, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney

2018: Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Special Commendation

2017: Art Piece Prize, finalist

2017: Brisbane Art Prize, finalist

2016: Brisbane Art Prize, finalist

2016: the Christmas Show, Art Piece Gallery

2016: the Border Art Prize, 2nd prize

2015: the Garden, Art Piece Gallery Mullumbimby

2015: Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize 2015, finalist

2015: the Border Art Prize, Brisbane

2014: Playing on the Edge,  Art Piece Gallery

2014: Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, finalist                  

2012: the Border Art Prize, High Commendation

2010: Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, finalist                  

2009: the Border Art Prize

2009: the Winter Exhibition, Edwina Corlette Gallery,    Brisbane

2007: Summer Exhibition,Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2007: the Border Art Prize, Special Commendation

2007: Byron Bay Art Prize; High Commendation

2006: the Border Art Prize,Tweed River Art Gallery

2006: Local Art, Lismore Regional Gallery at the Byron  Bay Writers Festival

2006: Relationships Australia; Lismore Regional Gallery

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