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Mr. Peter Osborne, Director – Osborne Samuel Gallery, London

Peter Osborne

Peter Osborne joined Christies Contemporary Art (CCA) in 1981 as Marketing Director, where he developed overseas markets for CCA, notably Japan, Australia and USA. In 1985, he became Director of the company, USM flotation as CCA plc.

He opened Tokyo gallery, and other galleries in Cologne and New York. In 1988, after the acquisition by Harlech, he became Director of Fine Art Division with seven galleries, then CEO of Harlech Fine Art Group.

Peter Osborne founded Berkeley Square Gallery (BSG), directed for six years then acquired it. Then he merged BSG with Samuel and Co to form Osborne Samuel.

His expertise:

  • Post-war Modern British Art
  • British sculpture, notably the work of Henry Moore and Lynn Chadwick
  • Loan exhibitions overseas to museums
  • Public art (pioneered temporary sculpture installations in London parks)
  • Emerging markets (Japan, India, Pakistan, Middle East)
  • Indian art (pioneered exhibitions of contemporary Indian artists in London)
  • Iranian art (as for Indian)

Dates:

  • 1981-83 Christies Contemporary Art (department of Christies auction house)
  • 1983-85 Director Christies Contemporary Art
  • 1985-88 Director CCA Galleries plc
  • 1988-92 Director Harlech Fine Art Group (HFA)
  • 1992-94 Managing Director HFA
  • 1988-94 Managing Director Berkeley Square Gallery Ltd
  • 1994-2004 Owner Berkeley Square Gallery Ltd
  • 2000-2009 Board Member Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD)
  • 2004-present Co-owner Osborne Samuel Gallery
  • 2005-present Board Member Art 20/21 (art fair)
  • 2006-2009 Vice Chairman and Deputy Chairman (SLAD)
  • 2006-present Guest Speaker, Sothebys Institute of Arts
  • 2008- present Trustee The Glacier Trust (Environmental Charity)
  • 2010 Guest speaker LIFAF (London Art Fair)
  • 2010 Guest speaker One Grafton St, London launch (for Hines)
  • 2010-present President Amersham & Chiltern RFC

Osborne Samuel Gallery

Osborne Samuel Gallery is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications.

The gallery has particular expertise in the work of Henry Moore and Lynn Chadwick and also exhibits the most important British sculptors such as Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink.

Numerous exhibitions and publications over the years include retrospectives for Keith Vaughan, Peter Kinley, British constructive art, and the neo-romantic school.

The gallery is the leading international dealer in the colour linocuts of the artists of The Grosvenor School of Modern Art. The gallery also has a substantial inventory of Modern and Contemporary Prints including Auerbach, Freud, Francis, Nevinson and Wadsworth.

Osborne Samuel has pioneered art from emerging markets, notably Indian contemporary art with exhibitions of major Modernists such as SH Raza and the best of the next generation. Recently the gallery has brought Iranian contemporary art to London with great success.

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