Ms. Osborne’s painting of the legendary pianist and friend of the Festival, Dave Brubeck, will be this summer’s official Festival art reproduced on T-shirts offered for sale to benefit Litchfield Performing Arts, the not-for-profit parent of the Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp. Ms. Osborne has graciously donated the original painting, autographed by Dave Brubeck, for the Festival’s first live auction on Opening Night, August 10th.
Chris Osborne, who has long paid homage to the American automobile in her work, took a lucky turn in her work when she was thrust into the American Jazz Scene as a manager for Jazz & Blues for Tower Records. Since that time, many of her images have included a blend of the dual American icons—jazz and cars. She has exhibited her work at The Litchfield Jazz Festival for over a decade, including figurative paintings with meticulous detail of seminal figures in jazz like the great Buddy Bolden, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith and others.
Chris is the recipient of the 2007 National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic (NSPCA) Prize, the Classic Car Club of America 2003 Fine Art Award of Excellence, and the Glenmoor Gathering (Ohio) 2007 Best of Show award. She is currently working on a history of jazz and a history of blues in visual form, decade by decade, city by city, with the American automobile as a focal point. The Connecticut Office of the Arts awarded this project a 2012 Artist Fellowship Grant. The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists honored her with a 2010 Award of Merit.
Ms. Osborne’s work will be exhibited along with that of two dozen fine artists and crafters from the region at the Jazz Festival in Goshen.
“There are key things in American culture that absorb my attention; the fabulous cars of decades past, the colorful people who drove them, the Hollywood Golden Age, and the true American musical genres, jazz & blues.” --Chris Osbourne
Photo by Joshua Burkholder