Mark Osborne's art explores time, space, light and form in photography.
By playing with the dimensional qualities of the photographic surface and opening up visual depth to the viewer, his work asks questions of what is being seen, how things might appear and how we negotiate, interpret and give meaning.
Utilising various techniques and skills in the production of his work including darkroom, analogue and digital photography, Mark's large-scale works highlight the presence of the photograph as a physical object in the digital era.
In the studio Mark creates installations. These temporary sculptural constructions made from common materials are photographed using controlled lighting to produce images that are familiar yet fictional and anonymous.
A new project continues to challenge the flatness of the photographic surface and ask questions of what is being seen.
Working in the dead of night, Mark placed photographic light-sensitive paper in, behind and around objects, nooks and openings found within the landscape. He then uses the flash of a Polaroid camera to expose the composition onto the paper. The resulting images were developed in his home darkroom. The Polaroid photograph documents both the place and the process of creating each work.
Mark graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art Photography. He is based on the Black Isle and exhibits nationally and internationally. He has recently been award Professional Membership of the Society of Scottish Artists.
Fine Art Photography BA Hons, Edinburgh College of Art.
Computer Networking, Digital Forensics / Ethical Hacking Bsc, Glasgow Caledonian University.
Sound Engineering and Music Production Bsc,
The University of West of Scotland.
Awards and Prizes:
V.A.C.M.A Scotland Award
Streetlevel Photoworks FutureProof
E.A.F Selected Graduate
Society of Scottish Artists Invited Graduate Award
University of Edinburgh Collections Purchase Prize
Edinburgh College of Art Purchase Prize
R.Lawless Graduate Print Prize
D&AD Photography Award
The Bulmungo Grant
Scheimpflug Photography Prize
University of Edinburgh Art Collection
Edinburgh College of Art Collection
Tate Modern Digital Collection
Exhibitions and Publications:
Abstracting 57˚35’01.9 N, Solo Show, FlowPhotoFest, Inverness, 2018
EdSciFest, Stills Photography Gallery, Edinburgh, 2018
(Inter)Twine, Supernormal, Singapore, 2018
Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2018
Visual Art Scotland, RSA, Edinburgh, 2018
SculptorVox 1, Geometry Of Nothing, Publication, Worldwide, 2018
Ten Artist Instagram accounts to follow, Scotsman Newspaper, UK, 2018
Give Photo Credit Where Credit Is Due, DOK Artist Space, Edinburgh, 2017
Photograd Takeover, Instagram, Worldwide, 2017
Intersection, DOK Artist Space, Edinburgh, 2017
GooseFlesh 5, Publication, Glasgow, 2017
Slam, Machine Cut Noise, Record Sleeve, Soma Recordings, 2016
Visual Art Scotland, FLY2016, RSA, Edinburgh, 2016
Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2016
The Royal Scottish Academy, Summer Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2016
Camel is a Horse, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 2016
Visual Art Scotland, Converge, RSA, Edinburgh, 2016
Scottish Society for the History of Photography, Online Exhibition, 2016
Product Magazine, Online Exhibition, 2016
Society of Scottish Artists, Invited Artist, Edinburgh, 2015/16
The Royal Scottish Academy, Open Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2015/16
E.A.F, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 2015
Streetlevel FutureProof, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, 2015
Season of Photography, Scotland, 2015
Stalkers and Divas, Out of the Blue, Edinburgh, 2015
Selected Degree Shows, The Guardian Newspaper, UK, 2015
Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, Edinburgh, 2015
The Royal Scottish Academy, Open Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2014/15
SoftBox Volume 1, Publication, Edinburgh, 2017
E.S.A.F, White Space Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014
Exposure, Gallery 17, Edinburgh, 2014
Second Act, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 2013
3rd Year Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, 2013
The Royal Scottish Academy, Open Exhibition Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012/13
Scotland House, Brussels, Belgium, 2012
Assembly, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, 2012
Soup Lab, Gospel Gallery, England, 2012
E.O.Y.S, BAD Gallery, Glasgow, 2012
The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011/12
Gandolfi Loves Tunnocks, Bar Gondolfi, Glasgow, 2011
Red Suit Project, Lang Byre Gallery, Scotland, 2011
Amalgamation, Solo Exhibition, B10 Gallery, Glasgow, 2011
Beyond Words Exhibition, We Sink Ships, Glasgow, 2011
Tunnocked Exhibition, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, 2011
G.P.S showcase, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, 2010
Members Show, Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland, 2010
The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, Scotland, 2010
The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2010
C.F.Y.E showcase, Amsterdam, 2009
5D showcase, Canon, U.S.A, 2009
British Broadcasting Corporation, UK, 2009