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Ladders

One of the earliest Abraham paintings on the website is “The Tower Attracts”, from 1992. I had a girlfriend a couple of years earlier who was dating me, and also secretly dating someone else. After I found out we stopped dating. But I thought about it a lot. Even in my early work I  was amused at thinking of how to portray impulse, attraction, desire, and real scenarios in a playful way. I was a young romantic. I had a fascination with ‘adoration’ paintings, as i had just came back from Italy, and really wanted to paint in a simplified clean manner. This early painting looks folksy-naive in some ways, but this simplified style allowed me to understand the craft of painting and take on more complex imagery as time has gone by.