“The famous French Canadian painter Riopelle said that painting is a disease, and that once you catch it you have it for life.  I caught it.  I have been living breathing and eating art for many years.  Being in the process of making art is very much feeling one’s aliveness, insignificance, bravado, greatness, feebleness.  I am a designer, a colourist, and a composer of ideas.  I am not bound by realism.  I like to give myself the freedom to think, probe, explore, play, as the process permits, and create the artifacts of the process.  I am intrigued by both the narrative and abstract nature of painting.  Artists I admire include Breughel, Picasso, Ingres, Fra Angelico, and Stanley Spencer, who are all formal composers in the visual realm.  And the Master of the St. Bartholomew Altarpiece, to die for!

Motivation to create an image can come from any number of things, including art, literature, the media, politics, philosophy, religious studies, psychology, business world, family life, interpersonal relationships, feelings, by observing and involvement.  Being a non-linear thinker, with a variety of personal circumstances, experiences, influences and mess-ups to draw from really helps!   The work is both subjective, and based in reality, a melding of the inner and outer world.  There are so many things to ponder and wrap one’s head around… Art is a reflection of life: growing and dying, serious, funny, absurd, joyous, hard, paradoxical, sensuous, scary, communal, divisive… all things at once, and ever changing.  Each painting is a snapshot of the mind in time.”  Michael Abraham


Michael Abraham’s CV

Michael Abraham cabinet-of-curiosity

The Cabinet of Curiosity  2016
Oil on linen  18″ x 22″


Michael Abraham a-picture-from-the-big-book-of-life

A Picture From the Big Book of Life  2016
Oil on linen  18″ x 22″


Michael Abraham power-couple-48x40

Power Couple  2012
Oil on Linen  48″ x 40″


Michael Abraham undercover

Undercover  2016
Oil on linen  44″ x 36″


Michael Abraham hope-and-punches-48x44

Hope and Punches  2014
Oil on Linen  48″ x 44″


Michael Abraham flora-snipper-snapper-44x26

Flora Snipper Snapper  2011
Oil on Linen  44″ x 26″


Michael Abraham Winter Sun 36x32

Winter Sun  2016
Oil on linen  36″ x 32″


Michael Abraham Bloodlines witness to-history

Bloodline – Witness to History  2013
Oil on linen  48″ x 44″


Michael Abraham All day sucker 36x30

All Day Sucker  2012
Oil on linen  36″ x 30″


Michael Abraham Something in the air 48x38

Something in the Air  2003
Oil on linen  48″ x 38″


Michael Abraham pleasure-seekers

Pleasure Seekers  (edition 3/12)  2015
Bronze  9″ x 8″ x 5″


Michael Abraham global head spin 24hx14wx12.5d

Global Head Spin  2015
Bronze  24″ x 14″ x 12.5″

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