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  • Amazon reviews.
"In this compelling and delightful book, penned by respected Art Critic Peter Davies, Bob Osborne's art is displayed and illuminated via his Constructions and De-Constructions of the Poetry of His Everyday.

Recurring themes of childhood, war, sea, icons, sports, authority, fairgrounds, saucy sea-side humour and la femme are articulated with beauty, humour, faded nostalgia, irreverance, desire and sorrow.

Using diverse mediums ranging from collages, street art, box constructions, spray can paintings to objects trouve,
the work is nevertheless unified by a latent thread which whispers of a poignant tristesse.

Apart from analysis of his art, there is also an essay written by Bob himself, which gives fascinating insights into his family history, both his gipsy background and his 'rebel not taken' forbear who escaped 'hanging Judge Jefferies' after the Monmouth Rebellion. The unvarnished family tree of his forefathers, as simply shown on page 13, displaying over 300 years of census information, from farm labourers to totters, and conjuring up authentic strive and toil, was also quite affecting and moving in its own right."

"I love having this book on my coffee table. It contains so many uplifting and inspiring art-works that you might think you could create from found objects if you only had Bob Osborne's talent.

Peter Davies' biography shines that special St Ives light on everything Osborne does. His subject is a little-known artist, still working, who found his metier late in life as did Alfred Wallis, who also worked in St Ives a generation earlier.

With the turn of each page comes a new proposition; some obscure object of desire that would perfectly adorn the ultimate designer beach house. From your own flotsam and jetsam you might copy Osborne's style, but you'd never swing it like he does.

There's nothing po-faced about this book. The ironic toy soldiers in sardine tins and occasional saucy scenes from the fifties will really make you smile. Is the graffiti art inspired by Banksy? Osborne says Picasso was a hero - and the Spaniard, too, was saucy.

Osborne's love is for found objects. But he avoids sterilising them when turning them into art. Instead he lets them live a new life, as they'd like to have been found if only nature had flung them together.

I like this book a lot. What feels slightly indecent is prying into the artist's family history, in his own words a rough and tumble bunch of charming chancers (and worse) going way back. That seems to be part of his artfulness. Forcing us to see the work through his own, part-Romany, eyes. It's easy and it's hard.

You can take this book as a delightful flick through. Or you can take it as a challenge. You might do both. I plan to." 

"A new book, beautifully illustrated and a joy to read if you're interested in the sea, St. Ives and the works of those artists inspired by the sea (Wallis, Margaret Mellis etc). Bob Osborne's work takes us on another voyage with original marine based and other works. With my own interest in this area of art I am really surprised I hadn't heard of Bob Osborne before but will certainly be looking out for him in the future. "  » Click to zoom ->

    Amazon reviews. "In this compelling and delightful book, penned by respected Art Critic Peter Davies, Bob Osborne's art is displayed and illuminated via his Constructions and De-Constructions of the Poetry of His Everyday. Recurring themes of childhood, war, sea, icons, sports, authority, fairgrounds, saucy sea-side humour and la femme are articulated with beauty, humour, faded nostalgia, irreverance, desire and sorrow. Using diverse mediums ranging from collages, street art, box constructions, spray can paintings to objects trouve, the work is nevertheless unified by a latent thread which whispers of a poignant tristesse. Apart from analysis of his art, there is also an essay written by Bob himself, which gives fascinating insights into his family history, both his gipsy background and his 'rebel not taken' forbear who escaped 'hanging Judge Jefferies' after the Monmouth Rebellion. The unvarnished family tree of his forefathers, as simply shown on page 13, displaying over 300 years of census information, from farm labourers to totters, and conjuring up authentic strive and toil, was also quite affecting and moving in its own right." "I love having this book on my coffee table. It contains so many uplifting and inspiring art-works that you might think you could create from found objects if you only had Bob Osborne's talent. Peter Davies' biography shines that special St Ives light on everything Osborne does. His subject is a little-known artist, still working, who found his metier late in life as did Alfred Wallis, who also worked in St Ives a generation earlier. With the turn of each page comes a new proposition; some obscure object of desire that would perfectly adorn the ultimate designer beach house. From your own flotsam and jetsam you might copy Osborne's style, but you'd never swing it like he does. There's nothing po-faced about this book. The ironic toy soldiers in sardine tins and occasional saucy scenes from the fifties will really make you smile. Is the graffiti art inspired by Banksy? Osborne says Picasso was a hero - and the Spaniard, too, was saucy. Osborne's love is for found objects. But he avoids sterilising them when turning them into art. Instead he lets them live a new life, as they'd like to have been found if only nature had flung them together. I like this book a lot. What feels slightly indecent is prying into the artist's family history, in his own words a rough and tumble bunch of charming chancers (and worse) going way back. That seems to be part of his artfulness. Forcing us to see the work through his own, part-Romany, eyes. It's easy and it's hard. You can take this book as a delightful flick through. Or you can take it as a challenge. You might do both. I plan to." "A new book, beautifully illustrated and a joy to read if you're interested in the sea, St. Ives and the works of those artists inspired by the sea (Wallis, Margaret Mellis etc). Bob Osborne's work takes us on another voyage with original marine based and other works. With my own interest in this area of art I am really surprised I hadn't heard of Bob Osborne before but will certainly be looking out for him in the future. "

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