Osborne, James

  • "On the Ball" Bronze, 21 x 19 x 7 inches, Signed and Numbered
  • "On the Ball" View from left, Bronze, 21 x 19 x 7 inches, Signed and Numbered

British, (1940-1992)

The sculptor James Osborne, was born in Brighton and spent his childhood there so it is fitting that Brighton Square should become the home of his largest public fountain depicting his own children astride two life-size dolphins. His bronzes have been exhibited all over the world and his patrons include members of the Royal family.

It was Osborne’s delight in expressing action which first brought him recognition, notably in his revival of the classical animalier sculpture of earlier times. Through the medium of bronze, he has produced flawless sculptures of birds, horses, hounds and African wildlife, always adhering to the anatomical strictness of the life models from which he drew inspiration.

In 1985, he opened his studios in London’s Covent Garden. In 1990, the life-size Boy on a Magic Rocking Horse was sited, by helicopter, in Kensington Gardens, while a life-size greyhound was positioned in Brighton and Hove Greyhound Stadium. His last public sculpture was the Dolphin Fountain for Brighton, Sussex. James Osborne moved to Ireland in 1991. Some of the finest work, the series of horses, was produced just prior to his death in 1992.