Lyndal Osborne was born in Newcastle, Australia. She studied at the National ArtSchool in Sydney and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Since 1971, Osborne has been based in Edmonton, and is Professor Emeritus in Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta. Osborne has been exhibiting in Canada and internationally since the early 1970s and has shown in over 360 exhibitions. She is represented in many private and public collections worldwide.

Osborne’s sculptures and installations have developed an individual approach that utilizes found and recycled material that she alters through the application of color, manipulating their original shape, and/or by placing the objects in new contexts so they develop new metaphorical meaning. Her installation work speaks of the forces of transformation within nature, as well as commenting upon pressing issues relating to the environment. In her work Osborne has focused on an examination of the issues of genetically modified organisms and more recently on the crisis in the global oceans.

Her work is represented in numerous Canadian collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta. Recent exhibitions include Nickle Galleries, Calgary 2018;  Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, AB 2017; Vernon Public Art Gallery, BC and The Reach, Abbotsford, BC, 2016; Art Gallery of Burlington, ON 2015; JNAA Gallery, Sarnia ON; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, 2014; Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS; The Rooms, St John’s NL, 2012; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (Australia), Museum London ON, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery AB, Red Deer Museum+ Art Gallery AB, 2011; Dunlop Gallery, Regina MT, 2010; Penticton Art Gallery BC, 2009; Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, and Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Kitchener ON, 2008.