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Urbandale Public Library/About the Artist

Art Up Close resident Artist James A. Osborn





I am an artist. I am also a sailor, and a motorcycle enthusiast.

From a young age, I have been interested in making things with my hands. This talent helped my success working with orthotics as a business owner and corporate executive for many years. I was able to create items that helped people walk, by sculpting and molding models, then cutting, forming, and fabricating materials. I always paid attention to how things looked for the client because people expect the product to work well, but when it looks good too, that adds value.

Today I use those same skills to create paintings and sculptures. My goal is to bring forth a pleasing and positive feeling in the viewer, as well as an added value to those who purchase my work. My work can be found in corporate and private collections across North America and Europe.


I am inspired by the 1960s and 70s, sailors, motorcycles and my family.  I currently live in Des Moines, Iowa, after spending 20 years in Nashville Tennessee and Austin Texas. I began painting using oils on canvas, with brush or knife, many years ago while studying with a professional artist. I prefer minimalist, modern, abstract and expressionist styles. My art is rooted in nature but has little direct correlation with reality. My main influences include Jackson Pollack, Piet Mondrian, Willem de Kooning, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, and Andy Warhol.



“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if its good or bad. Whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol

To learn more about James A. Osborn and view his portfolio, visit his website.