Artists of Note | Mikyoung Ahn Osburn

Abstract impressions

Mikyoung Ahn Osburn, Cog-wheel at Mt. Rigi, oil, 20 x 24.

Mikyoung Ahn Osburn, Cog-wheel at Mt. Rigi, oil, 20 x 24.

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Mikyoung Ahn Osburn grew up in the countryside of South Korea, fascinated more by drawing and painting than by playing outside. Art was the one subject she loved and excelled at. Osburn earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and for 10 years worked in the design world, but throughout that time she felt a desire to create her own works of art. “I wasn’t painting, but it was in my heart,” she says. “The work really didn’t satisfy me, and I wanted to make my own art. I had a dream to become a fine artist one day.”

Osburn moved to the U.S. in 1998 and began to pursue her dream. Inspired by the impressionistic works of van Gogh, she first took classes in the classical style but eventually moved into abstraction, looking for a modern feel. A creative block curtailed her efforts for a while, but she taught art to children for a few years until she met and began taking workshops from artist Jove Wang in 2013. Wang inspired her to merge her love of impressionistic and abstract styles, which can be seen today in her oil works of landscapes, figures, and still lifes. Her paintings COGWHEEL AT MT. RIGI and LAST STAGE were accepted into the American Impressionist Society juried shows in 2013 and 2015. “I try to find something with meaning [in my subjects], and if I can relate my personal experience or my personal feelings into them, then I start painting.” —Joe Kovack

Osburn’s work can be seen at

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