August 1-3, 2014
The Big Print Project
with New Leaf Editions on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.
4 x 8 foot woodcuts!
A BBQ party!
All rolled into one amazing BC Day long weekend
THE LURE - New Paintings and Bronzes, at Gallery Jones, Vancouver.
June 5th - June 28th, 2014. Show extended to July 10th, 2014
(Image detail of 'Hope and Punches' oil on linen, 2014.)
Opening reception: Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 6 - 9 pm.
with musical guest Tonye Aganaba.
GALLERY JONES, VANCOUVER
1725 West Third Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1K7
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 6pm
Saturday: noon - 5pm
(and by appointment)
Press release from Gallery Jones:
Opening reception: Thursday, June 5, 6-9pm,
with musical guest Tonye Aganaba
Exhibition dates: June 5 - 28
Michael Abraham has been a successful full-time artist for over two decades with a history of dramatic invention, and a popular motif of his is that of material desire. His new exhibition, titled 'The Lure', delivers a complex and multi-faceted examination of the human condition of wanting in a series of beautifully painted canvases that echo the epic works of Renaissance art, images that are so loaded with the metaphysical.
As a title, 'The Lure' epitomizes what Abraham is wrestling with through his narrative paintings. Read as a noun, it is not difficult to see what the lure is in several of the storylines depicted. To describe the paintings themselves as alluring, which they are, implicitly challenges the promise of easy satisfaction, especially given the darker aspect of some of the narrative content. This seems to be essential to the overall practice that Abraham has been engaged in over his artistic career: can there ever been a satisfying resolution to the human condition of desire and longing?
This latent anxiety, the undercurrent of tension, is the current that keeps Abraham's energies floating along and his creativity bubbling to the surface. There is often an edge, the potential for darker realities to emerge, that hides within the innocence of the paintings. For instance in 'The Hook', perhaps the most optimistic of the paintings in the exhibition with its bright colours, solid composition and subject matter that leans to the lighter side of life, there is still a hook, the central and most important element, hanging there threatening both the subsistence efforts of the bird and the idyllic reverie of the man.
The moral and philosophical complexities present in many of Abraham's paintings create a type of post-modern parable. The moral of the story is often purposefully ambiguous or open to interpretation. 'The Conceptualists' is just such a painting where the protagonist is indiscernible from the antagonist. Based on the title, it would traditionally follow that the character identified as the Conceptualist would be the protagonist. But in the era of full-blown irony, this could be a thinly veiled critique of Conceptualism. To blur the lines further, the visual parable could be read in such as way as to make the builder of the straight tower of blocks the Conceptualist, fitting his creation to the agenda of a school of thought. Or the Conceptualist could be the architect of the improbable tower of cubes, working not in the realm of practicality, but in the abstract world of ideas.
The ambiguities and dichotomies depicted in this series of paintings are the life-blood of Abraham's creative process. His work has been described as psychological or magical realism, and it is an apt description, but it doesn't encompass the moral struggle that Abraham happily engages in. For all the unknowns that Abraham celebrates, it is interesting that the only written words in the exhibition, squeezed between the fingertips of the character in 'Hope and Salvation' are "IN GOD WE TRUST" (wink, wink).
- Shane O'Brian, Gallery Jones, June 2014.
Installation during 'The Lure' exhibition.
Nov 27, 2013
Two of Michael's paintings are now in the collection of The Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, Illinois, USA.
Timeless (Pastorale for a Minute), 2000, oil on linen, 48 x 44 inches.
Coronation Day #2, 1998/1999, oil on linen, 44 x 48 inches.
Nov 11–Nov 30, 2013.
Phantoms in the Front Yard - Shed.
A group show with figurative artists' collective Phantoms in the Front Yard.
7-9 pm, Thursday, Nov 14, 2013
885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
MICHAEL ABRAHAM: APOLOGUES, A Retrospective of Selected Works 1991-2013.
July 20 - August 31, 2013
The Art Gallery At Evergreen Cultural Centre, along with the help of Gallery Jones, have borrowed back a good number of larger paintings from collecters, along with paintings and sculptures from my own personal collection:
Opening Reception: July 21, 4 - 6pm
Artist Talk with Michael Abraham, July 21, 3 - 4pm
Evergreen Cultural Centre is at 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC. ph# 604-927-6555
Preview Magazine article for upcoming public gallery show: Apologues
June 22nd, 2013
Done! "The Big Fish", bronze, 15x14x14 inches, 2013. see HOT Page for more images.
June 1st, 2013
Photo of Big Fish Eat Little fish almost finished!
How a sculpture is made, from start to bronze...video of Lost Wax Casting Process
BLOODLINES: A group show with figurative artists' collective Phantoms in the Front Yard
May 23 – 29, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday May 25, 8pm
Artists in attendance
at The Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1H2
Gallery Hours: 12 to 5 pm
Thursday May 23rd, to Wednesday May 29th, One week only!
March 10th, 2013
I have been selected by the Federation of Canadian Artists Board of Governors to recieve the status of SFCA (Senior Signature Membership).
February 27th, 2013
Working on a sculpture... Big Fish Eat Little Fish.
ready for the foundry... let the bronze age begin.
January 23-27, 2013
LA ART SHOW, Los Angeles Convention Center, LA, USA.
Gallery Jones will be representing recent work during the art fair.
Power Couple, 48 x 40 inches, oil on linen, 2012.
Regarding NEW ETCHINGS:
New etchings 'Armoured Heart' and 'All Day Sucker' available through the shop link.
Also mentioned at:
December 2012: detail of copper etching plate above.
NEW INTERVIEW. NOVEMBER 8, 2012.
November 9th - 15th 2012
PHANTOMS IN THE FRONT YARD PRESENT: IN OTHER WORDS
Opening night: November 9 at 7pm
November 2012: I was an adjudicator for DISCOVERY, Seymour Art Gallery's emerging artists show to be held january 2013. North Vancouver, BC.
November 17th, 2012
19th Annual ART FOR LIFE Fine Art Auction
A drawing was donated to the Art for Life fundraiser silent auction
Details to the fundraiser : www.artforlife.net
Solo exhibition by Michael Abraham, at Gallery Jones, Vancouver, www.galleryjones.com
Opening Reception October 6th, 2011
show runs from Oct 5th to 29th
Michael's drawn lithograph "Inner Glow" is on the cover of Canadian Poet Elana Wolff's new poetry book 'Startled Night', released by Guernica Editions, Toronto, Fall 2011 www.guernicaeditions.com
September 2011, Michael was awarded 2nd Place at the Steveston Grand-prix of Art., a three-hour on-the-spot painting competition/fun event.
Michael was an adjudicator for the Federation of Canadian Artists' 'Painting on the Edge' show, and for the South Delta Artists' Guild 'Oil and Water' show.
May 2011 'On Great Men'
Group show with Phantoms in the Front Yard artists collective. 564 Beatty Street Vancouver
Michael with 'Tom's Great Leap', Photo by Barb Pearson.
May 6-29, 2010 solo exhibition:
All That Glitters, Gallery Jones, Vancouver.
'Unite with Art' Live Auction Gala for UNICEF, June 3rd, 2010. www.unitewithart.com Michael’s painting raised 7000$ in 2008 and 4000$ in 2010 Unite for Children Unite against AIDS’.
Los Angeles Art Fair
January 23-27, 2008 (through Gallery Jones, Vancouver) www.laartshow.com
Michael has completed four paintings for the Vancouver Opera Society for the 2008/2009 season. www.vancouveropera.ca
Toronto International art fair - October 25th - 29th, 2007 (through Gallery Jones, Vancouver)
Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles - May 12 - June 30, 2007 (Arena - solo show of recent works), as well as summer group show 2007. www.janbaum.com
With Jan Baum in 2007.
Courteney Cox at home with 'Aback'. Photo credit Andrew Macpherson.