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Looking for information on John (Johnnie) Osborne of Auckland, New Zealand

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I am seeking information on John Osborne of Auckland, New Zealand, known to friends as Johnnie.

He was likely born between 1920-1925. The family resided in the area of the bays along the south shore of Auckland Harbour - so Okahu Bay , Mission Bay, St Heliers, Howick etc. One snippet I was able to find out is that while he was in his late teens to early twenties, his father, apparently a GP,died suddenly.

He attended art school at Elam around 1943-1945 or possibly as late as 1947 and was friends with some well-known commercial artists such as Linwood "Lin" Lipanovic who created some of the iconic TEAL airways posters. He was very active in the Arts community attending many Arts Balls and other events in Auckland in the 1940s and 1950s.
Johnnie founded a commercial art service named JO-EB Studios in the mid-late 1940s. Obviously, the JO part is his initials, but who EB is I do not know. There were a few people in his years at Elam with surname B: Baker, Brightwell, and Bailey. Auction house Art + Object sold a large lot of his commercial illustrations in July 2009.
He never married and was living in Glendowie, Auckland in the early 1990s.

I've found so little information on him that I strongly suspect that John was not his government name. I'm hoping someone will recognise him from my description and add to the information for a story.

Waitemata Ale, Johnnie Osbourne

Surnames: LIPANOVIC OSBORNE
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by darianzam Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2014-06-22 06:40:23

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by ngairedith on 2014-06-22 18:18:03

try contacting ART OBJECT (pdf) The 21st Century Auction House

The 20th Century Design Catalogue features a splendid suite of 27 booklets of advertising illustrations by John Osborne dating from 1946. At over 100 individual illustrations the collection is a fascinating insight into the world of advertising long before the advent of the computer. The collection will be offered at auction on August 20 6.45 pm at 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland. Phone 93544646

Scroll to page 15 for a list of his booklets:

451 John Osborne
Booklet of 6 Waitemata Beer Advertising Designs.
Football, Golf, Baseball, Boxing, Lacrosse & Wrestling
Goauche on paper, c.1940s
Each approx. 180 x 205mm
$125 - $175

452 John Osborne
Booklet of 6 Womens Fur Coat Fashion Designs.
Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio,
1946. Each approx. 145 x 145mm
$75 - $125

453 John Osborne
Booklet of 3 Dominion Wine Advertising Designs.
Never a Grizzle or Whine, The Toast of a Connoisseur etc
Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio,
1946. Each approx. 150 x 150mm
$75 - $125

454 John Osborne
3 Booklets of Advertising Designs Daisy Petal Loveliness,
Lotus Loveliness, All Hot Numbers & 3 x elegant
womens fashion sketches 5 in total. Goauche on
paper. Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio, 1946.
Various sizes
$100 - $150

455 John Osborne
2 Booklets of Advertising Designs inc. Dominion Wine x
2 & Queen Anne Chocolate x 2. Goauche on paper
Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio, 1946. Various Sizes
$100 - $150

456 John Osborne
Booklet of Rhythmic Designs. Goauche on paper.
Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio, 1946. Each approx.
150x115
$75 - $125

457 John Osborne
Large Booklet of 6 Queen Anne Chocolate Advertising
Designs.
Ronald rushes Ruth, Ruth Rushes Queen Anne; Hector
Holds Heather etc
Goauche on paper. Inscribed with copywright stamp and
typewritten verse
Each approx. 180 x 200mm
$500 - $1000

458 John Osborne
Booklet of Seaside Advertising Illustrations. Child with
Bucket & Spade, Boy with Ball etc. Goauche on paper
Circa 1940s. Each approx. 147 x 335mm
$100 - $20

459 John Osborne
Booklet of 17 Advertising Designs on Ice Cream theme
inc. Ice Cream Frolics, No Need to Make a Hog of Yourself
but by Golly it is Good etc. Goauche on paper
Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio, 1946. Each approx.
165 x 150mm
$500 - $1000

460 John Osborne
Booklet of 4 Taylors American Shoes promo. Designs
& a sheet of preliminary pencil sketches. Goauche &
Graphite on paper. Circa 1940s. Various Sizes
$75 - $12

461 John Osborne
Booklet of 2 Advertising Designs inc.
Feminine Perfection & Your Hearts Desire
Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio,
1946. Each approx. 140 x 95mm
$100 - $150

462 John Osborne
2 Booklets of Advertising Designs inc. Shoe Repair & Furs
Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio,
1946. Various Sizes
$100 - $150

463 John Osborne
2 Booklets of Bags Advertising Designs inc. Bags for All
the Family & as LIGHT as a FEATHER etc. Goauche on
paper
Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio, 1946 with typed
descriptions and handwritten annotation in graphite
Each approx. 190 x 150mm
$175 - $250

464 John Osborne
Booklet of 4 Gloves & Hosiery Advertising Illustrations
In a Variety of Elegant and Modernist designs. A superb
period piece indicating the influence of modern art in
the mass media. Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright
JO-EB Studio, 1946. Various sizes
$175 - $300

465 John Osborne
Booklet of 22 Menswear Advertising Designs: Ties for
Tom, Dick & Harry, Avoid Hoarseness Wear a Scarf etc
Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio,
1946. Various sizes
$400 - $600

466 Possibly John Osborne
3 Illustrations on card and one printed sign. 2 part
vehicle cavalcade, Womens Fashion Pose & Findlays
Gold Krust Bread. Various sizes
$75 - $125

467 John Osborne
Large Booklet of 5 Advertising Designs for Homeware
and Womens Fashion. See For Yourself, OOH! What
Corker Colour etc. Goauche on paper
Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio, 1946. Each approx.
170 x x 190mm
$125 - $200

468 John Osborne
Large Booklet of 13 Advertising Designs for Bags &
Fashion: Modern Bags for Modern Misses, Travel of the
Future etc. Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright "JO-
EB" Studio, 1946. Various Sizes
$250 - $400

469 John Osborne
Booklet of 10 Advertising Designs for Womens Fashion
& Beauty. Silhouette of Beauty, Lady Look Lovely, Be
Beautiful it Becomes You, Personalized Pansies etc
This is a particularly highly finished and elegant booklet
of designs showing Osbornes versatility and ability to
capture mood. Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright
JO-EB Studio, 1946. Each approx. 138 x 152mm
$500 - $1000

470 John Osborne
Booklet of 13 Footwear Advertising Designs: Let Us
Shoe Them, Companions for Fun and Frolic, A Streamlined
Shoe for a Streamlined World. A variety of dynamic and
ingenious designs shows Osbornes creative range
Goauche on paper. Inscribed copywright JO-EB Studio,
1946. Each approx. 140 x 155mm
$500 - $1000

471 John Osborne
3 Loose Advertising Designs for Unique Creations Home
Products: Soap Holder, Chip Basket etc. Goauche on
paper with annotations in Graphite.
Each approx. 120 x 160mm
$75 - $125

by darianzam on 2014-06-22 22:20:55

Thanks.

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