Artist Description

The Thoughtful Man is a series of portraits that I’m currently working on, as oil paintings or drawings, depicting the modern man as I see him subjectively.
This series is a collection of men whom I know personally — regardless of generation, religion, status, colour, sexual preference and country; relatives and friends who have held up the mirror of inspirational maleness, have some defining character I look up to and shown me the more positive, albeit imperfect, characteristics of being a modern man in South Africa. As it seems that men are no longer viewed in a positive light in our society, or seen at all, I wanted to take a look at the archetypes of men and their reactions and feelings towards women and their place in nature.

The Non-Conformist is a painting of a good friend of mine, Arthur, who grew up being ostracised for being gay in Zimbabwe. He also struggled with his intense Catholic faith. I wanted to portray him as I usually know him: a deep and gentle person, hiding his serious nature under a veneer of bonhomie, and normally dressed in fantastic outfits. The landscape in the background is the valley in which he grew up. The pagonlin symbolises this rare and gentle individual, who wears a layer of armour in the form of a secret wistfulness rarely publically displayed.

The Non-Conformist

Oil Painting by Damian Osborne
Materials used
oil on board, in dark wood frame
Size
W:70cm x H:80cm x D:2cm (framed dimensions)
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  • Artist Description
    • Artist Description

      The Thoughtful Man is a series of portraits that I’m currently working on, as oil paintings or drawings, depicting the modern man as I see him subjectively.
      This series is a collection of men whom I know personally — regardless of generation, religion, status, colour, sexual preference and country; relatives and friends who have held up the mirror of inspirational maleness, have some defining character I look up to and shown me the more positive, albeit imperfect, characteristics of being a modern man in South Africa. As it seems that men are no longer viewed in a positive light in our society, or seen at all, I wanted to take a look at the archetypes of men and their reactions and feelings towards women and their place in nature.

      The Non-Conformist is a painting of a good friend of mine, Arthur, who grew up being ostracised for being gay in Zimbabwe. He also struggled with his intense Catholic faith. I wanted to portray him as I usually know him: a deep and gentle person, hiding his serious nature under a veneer of bonhomie, and normally dressed in fantastic outfits. The landscape in the background is the valley in which he grew up. The pagonlin symbolises this rare and gentle individual, who wears a layer of armour in the form of a secret wistfulness rarely publically displayed.

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