East Ham artist dies days before ‘dream’ trip

East Ham artist Alan Osborne has died just days before he was due to set off for India on a working trip.

Alan, 63, passed away on October 31. He was due to leave for India on November 4 to begin work for an exhibition in Mumbai.

To mark the occcasion he held a farewell dinner at a restaurant in Brick Lane which was attended by, among others, East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

Alan was a former businessman with 40 years experience in publishing and found art late in his life. He produced two successful solo exhibitions.

The first, Elysium in the Modern World, was featured on BBC London news in July 2010. The second, Made in India at the Nehru Centre last November was an instant success in Newham and Alan was awarded an Orientation Grant as a result.

Alan travelled throughout India a few years ago when, as successful businessman and recovered alcoholic, he decided to change his life. The result was two successful art exhibitions and a man who was popular at local AA meetings where he often spoke.

His funeral will be held at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium in Aldersbrook Road, in Manor Park on Friday, November 9.