Dog Eat Dog…

Posted on May 23, 2017

Here’s the latest bronze: ‘Dog eat Dog’, completed May 2017. Available through Ian Tan Gallery

Edition of 9.

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here is the clay sketch maquette…

Recent commission – Zsu Zsi and Eloise – Dec 2016

Posted on December 21, 2016

“Recently, Jackie Bugera’s collection grew once again. A new painting arrived by pop-surrealist Michael Abraham.

In it, Zsu Zsi is at the wheel of Bugera’s 1959 Studebaker Lark. In the passenger seat, another bulldog applies black lipstick to her lip. The other bulldog is a portrait of Eloise, Bugera’s current bulldog.”

CBC Link

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/zsu-zsi-bulldog-muse-indigenous-artists-1.3904309?cmp=rss

Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver

Posted on September 21, 2016

Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, will have a few pieces on display at their flagship Granville Street location, and in their pop-up location at the newly opening Tsawwassen Mills Mall in October. Contact or visit the gallery if you’d like to see the works they have available. www.iantangallery.com

Writeup and image for upcoming show:

Posted on September 13, 2016

Preview Magazine – Seattle Washington mentions
Michael Abraham / David Haughton dual show at the bottom of ‘Vignettes’ page

http://www.preview-art.com/vignettes/09-2016/WA-09-2016.html

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Upcoming show: Edmonton in October

Posted on September 1, 2016

‘Naughty and Nice’
Paintings and sculptures by Michael Abraham

at Bugera Matheson Gallery

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A Fine Bouquet – Urban, Suburban, Rural 2014, Oil on Linen, 48 x 54 inches

A Fine Bouquet, 2014, Oil on Linen, 48 x 54 inches

Opening Night: October 14th, 2016

Artist will be in attendance October 14th and 15th.

Show dates: October 14th – 28th, 2016

Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Open Late Thursday’s, to 7:00 PM

(Public Holidays Closed)

10345 124 St.
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5N 1R1


(780) 482-2854

Seattle show : October 6-26, 2016 ‘Naughty’ and ‘Bad Guys’

Posted on August 30, 2016
Located by Pioneer Square, Gallery 110 will feature a dual show with my friend David Haughton and myself.
‘Naughty‘ –  Michael Abraham: Oil paintings on linen and bronze sculptures exploring facets of modern society, reflecting on ‘good’, ‘righteousness’ and ‘power’ – images of people who know their power but may not know their flaws, revealing an undercurrent of darker truth. This will include the latest painting, ‘Pants on Fire’, and the bronze ‘Satyr and Sunshine’ (Devil and Sun).
‘Bad Guys: Mug shots & Evil in Disguise’ – featuring David Haughton’s exploration of the “enduring power of the mug shot to transfix, upset, tantalize.”  Taken from actual mug shots, Haughton’s paintings signify an attempt to discern whether evil can be seen, and if perhaps this is one reason why gazing upon the mug shot and the soulless eyes of monsters wearing human skin enchant us on some semi-conscious level.
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‘First Thursday’ October 6th, 6- 8 pm
(The artists will be in attendance)
Opening Week Reception:
Saturday October 8th, 2016
5 to 7:30pm.
RSVP for the Saturday reception to director@gallery110.com
Let us know if you’d like to come to private wine and viewing reception, so we can order enough wine for you!
e-mail michael@michaelabraham.com
(The artists will be in attendance)
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Thursday – Saturday 12-5 pm
Phone 206-624-9336
110 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104
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Naughty, Sculpture and Paintings by Michael Abraham

Los Angeles gallerist Jan Baum has said of Michael Abraham’s work:

Abraham’s paintings are both charming and disarming. With a mischievous grin he wields his imagination on canvas… Michael Abraham says he deals less in social commentary and more in psychological realism (he deals in both). He shares his perceptions and incites with a good sprinkle of humor. The slight distortion of the figures percolates to the actions, which are mild to manic. Though helplessly terrorized as we confront his darker images, basically we know he means well, and like Breughel, he points to the indisputable foibles of mankind. Merging the inner and outer experience with creative freedom… If he can illuminate the dark corridors of our journey, he is requited and we are the beneficiaries.

There is a duality of purpose and effect in Abraham’s work, especially those works chosen for Naughty. Each work confronts some level of angst regarding the dichotomy of light and dark, leaving the viewer consistently in an unsettling grey area. The villains of his worlds have good and bad in them, darkness and hope, their actions don’t necessarily define them, but merely shape our opinion of them.

Michael Abraham will also be giving a talk/discussion, “The Role of the Artist in an Age of Conflict” that will touch on questions of the artist’s ability and perhaps even obligation to broach sensitive and substantive subjects in their work.

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Bad Guys, Paintings by David Haughton

Viewing only David Haughton’s recent work, Bad Guys might seem a departure from his oeuvre, but this won’t be the first exhibition of Haughton’s that tackles difficult subject matter, even at the risk of disquieting the onlooker. His show Kindertotentanz (which translates to “children’s dance of death”) in 2009 bravely forced confrontation between the viewer and a reality representative of Haughton’s everyday life as a pediatric resident.

Bad Guys continues a similar foray into the disquieting. Haughton acknowledges that which most of us can only tacitly admit to be true, which is our own fascination with the visualization and identification of the ‘bad’ or ‘evil.’ In Haughton’s upcoming exhibition, we see it in specific and individual faces we readily decry as ‘evil.’ Taken from actual mug shots, Haughton’s paintings signify an attempt to discern whether evil can be seen, and if perhaps this is one reason why gazing upon the mug shot and the soulless eyes of monsters wearing human skin enchant us on some semi-conscious level.

David Haughton will be presenting a talk and discussion entitled “Why Paint Bad Guys?” intended to explore David’s shared fascination with what we see in representations of what we conceptualize as ‘evil,’ and the ways this fascination can serve as a coping mechanism for artist and viewer alike to deal with the darkness around us.

Haughton writes: “We love mug shots. The newspapers show us the faces of ‘bad guys’: serial killers and wife-beaters, terrorists and animal abusers, pederast priests and gang-bangers, rapacious corporate scam-artists and nasty racist small- town sheriffs.  We are absorbed.  We study with fervid fascination the face of the accused: we search the bone structure, the expression of the eyes, the skin color, the facial hair… striving to recognize a pattern reliably signaling ‘I am evil… I am dangerous’.  We crave to discover some clue that would identify and warn of evil within, that would allow us warning, that would help us keep safe from harm our loved ones and ourselves.”

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 Visit David Haughton’s website here.

Gallery110.com

Audio Podcast – interviewed by the Creatrix…

Posted on April 15, 2016

 

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Creator meets Creatrix…

I was interviewed in February, 2016 by Sonja Picard, creator of the Sonja Picard Collection and Creatrix blog!  You’ll enjoy her jewelry, artwork and website! And her ability to “recycle your love – creating a modern piece with the jewels from your past”.

We had a fun time chatting for this audio podcast! Hope you enjoy!

Click to hear Voice-podcast-Michael-Abraham

 

 

 

 

‘Satyr and Sunshine’ (Devil as Sunshine)…

Posted on April 6, 2016

Latest Sculpture is off to the foundry…

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‘Satyr and Sunshine’
(Devil as Sunshine)
An edition of 9 Bronzes are being made from my most recent wax-based clay original, pictured above. 
Forms inspired by my love of classical art, I was thinking of the way someone may present themselves in a glowing light, as sunshine, when in fact they hide a devilish nature.  I was thinking about the societal taming of the biological nature of males. I was thinking about conformity and the breaking of conformity. I was hoping this piece acknowledges the playfully sneaky nature in all of us.  What can be seen as sweet and homogenous from one angle can be seen as deviant and playful from another, and can be taken as a metaphor for the nature of business, politics, and sexuality.  
The back of the sun/star will be polished to a mirror like finish, to have the devilish satyr happily gazing at himself, satisfied…
The finished bronzes are available in polished bronze, blackened silver or green patina, and are available to pre-order for $6500.  
For inquiries and details contact