represented artist

ABOUT FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER - MARTIN OSNER

Welcome to the creative world of fine art photographer Martin Osner, an artist who considers a camera as merely another instrument on the workbench of art.  By combining photography with mixed media and by using unique in-camera techniques, this award-winning and internationally recognised artist has created the most incredible portfolio of fine art prints, an inspiration, and a joy to behold ... Read more below >>

Abandoned No.1

ABANDONED No.1 An impressive limited edition photographic print of an old Austin Healy perched on...

ABANDONED No.1 An impressive limited edition photographic print of an old Austin Healy perched on top of a pole behind a no parking sign. This limited edition print is sold with a certificate of authenticity.  Artist: MARTIN OSNER   Edition: 35  Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Size: 100cm x 77cm / 39" x 30" (Including border) ABOUT THE ABANDONED COLLECTION The purpose of this body of work is to highlight today's modern "throw-away" society and the excessive desire to have. Consumeri...

$1,890.00

Faceless Society No.8

FACELESS SOCIETY No.8 A very popular print photographed in the streets of Hillbrow Johannesburg s...

FACELESS SOCIETY No.8 A very popular print photographed in the streets of Hillbrow Johannesburg showing Nelson Mandela in his boxing days. Artist: MARTIN OSNER   Edition: 20  Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Size: 90cm x 60cm / 35" x 24" (Including border) ABOUT THE FACELESS SOCIETY COLLECTION Day by day, life goes on, year by year, society documents itself on walls and subways of the city. First exhibited at the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London (2008), this collection was photograp...

$950.00

Medieval City No.3

MEDIEVAL CITY No.2 This abstract impressionistic photograph of a tree in front of a building in L...

MEDIEVAL CITY No.2 This abstract impressionistic photograph of a tree in front of a building in London captivates the energy of daily life in a city.  Artist: MARTIN OSNER   Edition: 20  Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Size: 100cm x 77cm / 39" x 30" (Including border) ABOUT THE MEDIEVAL CITY COLLECTION Photographed in London in 2008, this collection documents an old city in modern times. A series of prints that capture an iconic city's essence from a bygone era with nowadays energy....

$980.00

African Mood No.1

AFRICAN MOOD No.1 This black and white photograph demonstrates the power of human shape as this t...

AFRICAN MOOD No.1 This black and white photograph demonstrates the power of human shape as this tiny person walking down a sand road overshadows towering baobab trees.  Artist: MARTIN OSNER   Edition: 20 (Only twenty copies have been released, regardless of size) Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Available in two sizes: 80cm x 60cm / 31" x 23" (Including border)  110cm x 83cm / 43" x 31" (Including border)  ABOUT THE AFRICAN MOOD COLLECTION This collection has been photographed in S...

$790.00 $985.00

Heartbeat of the Mother City No.1

HEARTBEAT OF THE MOTHER CITY No.1 Interesting abstract photograph of a woman in Cape Town headin...

HEARTBEAT OF THE MOTHER CITY No.1 Interesting abstract photograph of a woman in Cape Town heading home after work. Artist: MARTIN OSNER  Signed Open Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper The print is available in four sizes: 100cm x 77cm / 39" x 30" (Including border)  120cm x 92cm / 47" x 36" (Including border)  140cm x 107cm / 55" x 42" (Including border)  ABOUT THE COLLECTION The Heartbeat of the Mother City is an ongoing abstract project by fine art photographer Martin Osner...

$590.00 $990.00

Arcane No.3

ARCANE No.3 An incredible mixed media artwork of an African thorn tree portrayed in an abstract w...

ARCANE No.3 An incredible mixed media artwork of an African thorn tree portrayed in an abstract world, inspired by the brilliant artist Jackson Pollock. Artist: MARTIN OSNER  Signed Limited Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Edition (50) The print is available in three sizes including border: 90cm x 90cm / 35" x 35"  100cm x 100cm / 39" x 39"  110cm x 110cm / 43" x 43" ABOUT THE ARCANE COLLECTION Inspired by Jackson Pollock abstracts, Martin Osner has created a collection of b...

$970.00 $1,370.00

Majestic Peak

MAJESTIC PEAK A magnificent landscape photograph taken as light catches the peaks of one of the ...

MAJESTIC PEAK A magnificent landscape photograph taken as light catches the peaks of one of the impressive mountain ranges that surround Tulbagh in the Western Cape. Artist: MARTIN OSNER Signed Open Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper The print is available in four sizes: 80cm x 30cm / 31" x 11" (Including border)   120cm x 44cm / 47" x 17" (Including border)  140cm x 51cm / 55" x 20" (Including border)  180cm x 66cm / 70" x 26" (Including border) 200cm x 74cm / 78" x 29" (Incl...

$490.00 $1,350.00

Mirror Island No.2

MIRROR ISLAND No.2 An ethereal abstract artwork as the light breaks through illusional trees surr...

MIRROR ISLAND No.2 An ethereal abstract artwork as the light breaks through illusional trees surrounded by water. Artist: MARTIN OSNER  Signed Limited Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Edition (50) The print is available in two sizes including border: 80cm x 80cm / 31" x 31"  110cm x 110cm / 43" x 43" ABOUT THE MIRROR COLLECTION A collection of illusional islands surrounded by water, these artworks have been created through the process know as mirror montaging. Prints are av...

$690.00 $990.00

Majestic Shoreline

MAJESTIC SHORELINE  This photograph was taken on the Cape Peninsula at Scarborough beach, as the...

MAJESTIC SHORELINE  This photograph was taken on the Cape Peninsula at Scarborough beach, as the high tide rolls in a cold front approaches landfall.  Artist: MARTIN OSNER Signed Open Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper The print is available in four sizes: 80cm x 30cm / 31" x 11" (Including border)   120cm x 44cm / 47" x 17" (Including border)  140cm x 51cm / 55" x 20" (Including border)  180cm x 66cm / 70" x 26" (Including border) 200cm x 74cm / 78" x 29" (Including border)  ...

$490.00 $1,350.00

Solitary No.2

SOLITARY No.2 A brilliant moody black and white image of a stand-alone tree in the landscape sur...

SOLITARY No.2 A brilliant moody black and white image of a stand-alone tree in the landscape surrounded by grass. Artist: MARTIN OSNER  Signed Open Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper The print is available in four sizes: 80cm x 60cm / 31" x 23" (Including border)  100cm x 77cm / 39" x 30" (Including border)  120cm x 92cm / 47" x 36" (Including border)  140cm x 107cm / 55" x 42" (Including border)  ABOUT THE SOLITARY COLLECTION A breathtaking, ongoing collection of solitary tr...

$430.00 $990.00

Complex Simplicity No.1

COMPLEX SIMPLICITY No.1 An incredible minimalistic print of an ocean view that demonstrates the p...

COMPLEX SIMPLICITY No.1 An incredible minimalistic print of an ocean view that demonstrates the power of simplicity in composition. Artist: MARTIN OSNER  Signed Limited Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Edition (50) The print is available in two sizes including border: 80cm x 80cm / 31" x 31"  110cm x 110cm / 43" x 43" ABOUT THE COMPLEX SIMPLICITY COLLECTION A collection of soft mono-tone sophisticated seaside illusions which are available in two sizes and are printed on mus...

$790.00 $990.00

Solitary No.1

SOLITARY No.1 A brilliant image of a cluster of thorn trees photographed in the midst of a deser...

SOLITARY No.1 A brilliant image of a cluster of thorn trees photographed in the midst of a desert storm. Artist: MARTIN OSNER  Signed Open Edition Medium: Archival print on fine art paper The print is available in four sizes: 80cm x 60cm / 31" x 23" (Including border)  100cm x 77cm / 39" x 30" (Including border)  120cm x 92cm / 47" x 36" (Including border)  140cm x 107cm / 55" x 42" (Including border)  ABOUT THE SOLITARY COLLECTION A breathtaking, ongoing collection of solitary trees in na...

$430.00 $990.00

Aura # 2

AURA No.2 Inspired by the work of Pip Ventosa, this new collection entitled Aura has been created...

AURA No.2 Inspired by the work of Pip Ventosa, this new collection entitled Aura has been created by combining numerous exposures of the same subject using an interesting in-camera technique. The emanation results in a beautiful biomorphic impression that is symmetrical, complex, and easy on the eye. Artist: MARTIN OSNER Edition: 15  Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Size: 141cm x 110cm / 55" x 43" (Including border) ABOUT THE ARTIST On a winter’s day in 1984 “photography” and I met qu...

$1,690.00

Quintessence No.1

QUINTESSENCE No.1 This interesting, ethereal abstract artwork of a tree forms part of a series of...

QUINTESSENCE No.1 This interesting, ethereal abstract artwork of a tree forms part of a series of low-editioned investment prints accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Artist: MARTIN OSNER   Edition: 7  Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Size: 90cm x 60cm / 35" x 24" (Including border) ABOUT THE QUINTESSENCE TREE COLLECTION Quintessence is an ethereal print collection of trees created by the artist using multiple layers of similar landscape impressions and earthly texture overla...

$2,200.00

Creation # 1

CREATION No.1 Heavenly impressionism has been achieved in this stunning print collection using a...

CREATION No.1 Heavenly impressionism has been achieved in this stunning print collection using a combination of brushed camera movement combined with ethereal natural lighting. This limited edition print is sold with a certificate of authenticity and is certainly a collector's piece. Artist: MARTIN OSNER   Edition: 7  Medium: Archival print on fine art paper Size: 140cm x 107cm / 55" x 42" (Including border) ABOUT THE CREATION COLLECTION Photographed in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley, t...

$2,790.00

Analogous Anthology No.1 | Ed (15) | 2 prints a...

ANALOGOUS ANTHOLOGY No.1 This print popular print forms part of an extended portfolio. The photom...

ANALOGOUS ANTHOLOGY No.1 This print popular print forms part of an extended portfolio. The photomontage demonstrates the art in photography and was created from the underside of an old fishing boat. The paint and the gun rail had weathered beautifully in the sun and these elements were photographed and assembled to represent an illusion of a Dutch harbour with inlets and cranes under the last traces of colour under a winter sky. Artist: MARTIN OSNER  Signed Limited Edition Medium: Archival pr...

$1,290.00 $1,890.00

ARTIST STATEMENT

On a winter’s day in 1984 “photography” and I met quite by accident, an encounter that redirected my life and changed it forever. Over the past twenty-eight years, while walking a path of self-discovery, my methodology has taken numerous detours. A journey that has refined a relaxed subconscious attitude, with a desire to express simplicity and honesty through my work. For me, a photograph holds an undeniable sense of realism, a new correlation that is easy to associate with. I see I understand; I experience, I connect. In my photography, I allow day to day life to provide inspiration and treat all subjects as a potential composition. I enjoy the conceptual transformation that a lens and camera offer. Although I have never been a dedicated painter, I see and experience the world in this way. Life is my canvas, and I often feel like a painter trapped in a photographer’s body where lens and light have become an expressive substitute for paint and brushes. I usually create themes and grouping of images within my portfolio and on a given day, find myself working on a variety of projects at once, often taking years to complete. One of my great joys is using photography as a base to create mixed media pieces. I have adopted an intuitive approach resisting restriction to specific substrates, mediums or technique. Emotion and experimentation drive my creative process, and I allow the final artwork to evolve rather than containing its finality. In my work, I intently concentrate on elemental form, rhythm and pattern, allowing simplicity to engage visual impact.I contribute my style to several artists and photographers. The great artist and photographer Henri Cartier Bresson have inspired my social commentary and documentary work, and the teachings of Ansel Adams have influenced my landscape photography. On the other hand, many of my still-life and abstract studies have been described as painterly expressionistic, drawing influences through the works of Henri Matisse and of late Jackson Pollock. In my spiritual walk, I experience hours of peace and contentment when behind the lens of my camera and in my studio, creating art. I believe that my steps have been guided along an inventive and purposed path by an awesome and caring God. I have never doubted my love for photography or my burning passion for art. It is something I could never stop. It’s what I do; it‘s what I love, it’s who I am.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa (1963), Martin Osner opened his first photographic studio in Johannesburg (1985), where he established a solid reputation as a professional photographer and artist. In 1993, he relocated to Pretoria and co-founded the National College of Photography, which today has become the premier photographic training institution in Southern Africa under Advtech, a listed company under the branding (Vega school). During this time he continued to run his commercial photography studio and earned numerous Professional Photography awards. In 2008, Osner moved to Cape Town to establish a photographic art gallery, which opened its doors in 2010 under his name. At the same time, he ceased all commercial photography pursuits, as he felt that he had to devote his full creative energy to his art. Then in 2013, still committed to teaching, Osner opened the “Martin Osner Photography School” in Hout Bay, where he lives. In 2012, he was invited by Canon Europe to take part in brand video production called “Power to your next step - landscape and portrait photography”, a tutorial video that was packaged with new DSLR Canon cameras as an instructional aid.  At the same time, he served as a Canon Ambassador / Explorer for seven years. Recently in May 2017, Martin expanded the gallery in Cape Town, and it was rebranded to the Art Photography Gallery. Shortly after that, in 2018 with his daughter, Samantha Lee Osner, who shares his passion for photographic art, they opened a private gallery in Hout Bay where they exhibit as a father-daughter collaborative. Over the last twenty-five years, Martin has taught hundreds of students pursuing photography as a career and thousands of keen amateur photographers. In his work, Osner eschews “straightforward” photography, favouring a more artistic vision that accords with his visual understanding and spiritual appreciation of the world. A multi-award-winning artist, including voted the best contemporary international artist 2008/2009 by Arteque art volume 3 (Masters of Today), his photography is characterised by an urge to explore, with the willingness to experiment and a desire to create. Concentrating intently on an elemental form, pattern and shape, paired with an inherent sense of restraint, he bears out his belief that simplicity is the cornerstone of successful imaging. Today Osner specialises in a contemporary portfolio of fine art photography, offering limited edition Gicleé and traditional black & white vintage prints, into a collectors’ market. His collection consists of ghostly abstract renditions, moody landscapes and social documentary and mixed media prints.

EXHIBITIONS

LINDEN AUDITORIUM – November 2007 Johannesburg, South Africa I Featuring: Selected landscape and abstract work IMAGING HUB GALLERY – October 2007 Pretoria, South Africa I Featuring: Selected landscape and abstract work VOIR GALLERY Pretoria, South Africa – September 2007 I Featuring: Extremity / Abstract / Black Forest / Majestic Flow STEPHANIE HOPPEN GALLERY LONDON – September 2008    I    Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection / Faceless society GALLERY GORA MONTREAL – December 2008    I   Featuring: Abandoned series CTAS – September 2008 Cape Town, South Africa    I    Featuring: On the move / Extremity / Abandoned KYK ART SPACE – June 2008 Pretoria, South Africa    I    Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection ART ON KAROO – June 2008 Pretoria, South Africa    I    Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection/ GORDART GALLERY – May 2008 Johannesburg, South Africa    I    Featuring: Abandoned / Urban reflection/ Unrestricted / Road to freedom / Road to freedom / City life THOMPSON GALLERY – July 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa “ A child’s gaze”    I    Featuring: Endurance / Children from Geluk / Seaside Fantasy / Christmas spirit GORDART GALLERY – July 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa    I    Featuring: The fingerprint collection CREATIVE BOOST GALLERY MONTREAL – May 2009    I    Featuring: Abandoned series Unrestricted / Road to freedom / Road to freedom / City life EVERARD READ GALLERY – Cape Town. September 2009    I    Featuring: Abandoned series Unrestricted / Road to freedom / Road to freedom / City life MARTIN OSNER FINE ART GALLERY (2010 - 2017) Permanent exhibition space - Cape Quarter Piazza, 72 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa - February 2011 (Abandoned Collection) - November 2012 (Ghost Town Exhibition) - April 2014 (Earth Wind and Fire | Analogous Anthology) - February 2016 (Abandoned - Retrospective) MARTIN OSNER FINE ART GALLERY (Opened May 2017) Permanent exhibition space - Cape Quarter Life Style Village (The Square) - Cnr. of Dixon and Javis Street, Waterkant Street, Cape Town, South Africa. - May 2017 (Downtown / Seaside Fantasy) - November 2017 (Abandoned Retrospective) - March 2018 (African Mood) - August 2018 (Medieval City) - November 2019 - Heartbeat of the Mother City - February 2019 (African Mood) - OSNER GALLERY PRIVATE COLLECTION - July 2019 - (Abandoned - African Mood - Majestic Panoramic - Arcane) OSNER GALLERY PRIVATE COLLECTION - November 2019 (Reverie - Candy Girls - African Queen)

AWARDS

“Children of Geluk” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Documentary | Bronze “Jesus Freak” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Digital Photography | Bronze “Autumn Impression” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Bronze “Abandoned No.1” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Gold “Abandoned No.2” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Silver “Visitor” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Fine Art | Gold “Thomas Jewell” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Beauty & Fashion | Gold “Candy Floss” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Bronze “Electricity” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Industrial | Bronze “Jurassic Park” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Digital Photography| Bronze “Lady in Black | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Portraiture | Bronze “Ceruleum No.2”| Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Fine Art | Silver “Urban Design | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Architecture |Gold “Audi TT” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Automotive | Silver “Orange River” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Gold “Arum Lily” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Fine Art | Bronze “Endurance” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Documentary | Silver “Ceruleum No.4” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Fine Art | Silver “Industrial Rhythm” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Silver “Extremity” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Gold “Homeward Bound” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Bronze “Eternity” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Weddings | Bronze “Solitude” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Scenic | Bronze “On the Move” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Documentary | Bronze “BME” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Industrial | Silver “Yolani” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Beauty & Fashion | Bronze “Thomas Jewell 2” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Fashion & Beauty | Silver “Dreams of a Beggar” | Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards | Category: Digital Photography | Bronze