John Osborne

John Osborne has been involved in both art and science throughout his life. After graduating in engineering from the University of Toronto in the late 60's, he began experimenting with abstract images on film. He later worked for two years in a computer animation studio in London, England as the principle operator of a novel hybrid analogue computer making some of the first computer animated television commercials in the early 1970's. On returning to Canada, he began a 30-year career with a large multinational company working on Ontario, Alberta and Michigan in areas of information technology and environmental research.

In early 2000, he returned to the computer as a creative tool and began writing Java programs and experimenting with evolutionary algorithms to generate patterns and abstract images. To compliment this activity and rekindle his interest in animation, he began working with "After Effects" to make more narrative based animated films accompanied by his own audio compositions or those of other musicians.

John is a member of the Edmonton Film and Video Arts Society (FAVA) and is currently on the Programming Committee. His films have been shown in festivals in North America and Europe.

Artist Code: 956



2009, 11:34 minutes, colour

The Panther and Opossum

2008, 04:12 minutes, colour


2008, 04:03 minutes, colour


2008, 03:24 minutes, colour


2007, 01:30 minutes, colour


2007, 02:38 minutes, colour


2007, 02:30 minutes, colour

A Transsexual Journey: Katherine Elizabeth Cohen

1995, 44:30 minutes, colour, English, Closed Captions available

Critical Writing

Prairie Tales: A History
by Kirsten Hutchinson.