“Snow isn’t white; white is not even white” – Michael Abraham
By simplifying what you look at, through finding shape, considering the five elemental forms, and using a few key tools to assess the tones and contrast and the variations within tonal ranges, you’ll be able paint images with a dynamic range of tone, and more confidently, convincingly making for a stronger graphic readability to your work whether it be landscape, portrait, still life or abstract.
Together you will explore and understand the variations in light and shade, lightness or darkness of objects and spaces, local tone and colour, and how light and atmosphere play and bounce on forms and textures to create the illusion of three-dimensionality.
Abraham’s accessible approach to teaching, through discussion, demonstration and exercise will have you feeling confident about your approach to tonal values in no time. His personable approach speaks much to the appeal of his teaching style, so you’ll learn and enjoy yourself thoroughly in the process.
I can now add set designer to my resume! I spent the fall painting set designs, stage props and a bit of animation for The Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association’s production of ‘The Little Mermaid Jr’.
During the summer I was involved in the Vancouver Mural Festival. Using a number of drawings from the six other member artists of Phantoms in the Front Yard artist collective and my own drawings, I composed the final composition. The weather was perfect for the two weeks of steady ladder and lift work. All seven artists painted, often from early morning until nightfall, to complete this 24 x 90 foot wall! The mural is at 7th Avenue and Ontario Street. I must say it was so fun to paint on such a large scale!
Opening Reception :
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 5-7:30 pm
Sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, Seattle. All are welcome!
The varied figurative paintings and sculptures of Vancouver artist Michael Abraham contain a nuanced display of the lighter and dark sides of existence, with an underlying hopefulness.
He writes, “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 creation is a snapshot of the mind in time.”
“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.”
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