‘Naughty and Nice’
Paintings and sculptures by Michael Abraham
at Bugera Matheson Gallery
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
10345 124 St.
Canada T5N 1R1
‘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.
‘First Thursday’ October 6th, 6- 8 pm
(The artists will be in attendance)
Opening Week Reception:
Saturday October 8th, 2016
5 to 7:30pm.
Let us know if you’d like to come to private wine and viewing reception, so we can order enough wine for you!
(The artists will be in attendance)
Thursday – Saturday 12-5 pm
110 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104
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.
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.”
Visit David Haughton’s website here.
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
Latest Sculpture is off to the foundry…
‘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 order.
For inquiries and details contact
I am now represented by Bugera Matheson Gallery in Alberta.
Edmonton, AB – In a strategic move, Art Perspective and Bugera Matheson Gallery have created a partnership which is indicative of the changing ways collectors and buyers are engaging with and purchasing art. Traditional models alone are becoming less effective at reaching an increasingly savvy and broader audience. Social media, digital, and mobile have changed the way we access and in some cases experience art.
Bugera Matheson Gallery has been operating since 1992 (formerly Agnes Bugera Galllery), and has a strong reputation for showing some of the best contemporary art from across Canada. “This partnership will allow us to expand our reach outside of the gallery walls, and connect with an extensive and more diverse demographic of art collector” said Angela Bugera Matheson.
“I could not be more excited about this partnership, and the opportunities this will bring not only for the artists we represent but to bring continued innovation to this arena.” said Art Perspective principal dealer, Jared Tabler who represents a curated roster of talent. Art Perspective’s reach extends worldwide through their website, and on Twitter to nearly 30,000 followers.
The gallery will soon be announcing an updated show schedule to reflect this new partnership. To learn more about Art Perspective or Bugera Matheson, visit them online and follow Art Perspective on Twitter at @_ArtPerspective
On Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 we unveiled a new painting commissioned by Manuel Bernaschek of Showcase Pianos – a Fazioli Piano dealer, in Richmond, BC.
Anyone who knows me knows i love to ‘tickle the ivories’, so when i was asked via email to meet Manuel about doing a commissioned oil-painting for his showroom, i was in! Before our first meeting I was thinking i’d like to do a young gold-fingered ‘midas touch’ player playing a golden piano. I remembered a painting i did back in 1992 of a young man walking up a wall as he played piano. I always think of music as lifting up the spirit. I didn’t know before meeting him, but Manuel actually has a gold-leafed grand piano in his showroom. I was so excited when Manuel told me he this! The idea was waiting to happen! Manuel suggested the composers surrounding the piano. As his family and many of his clients are Asian, i thought it would be a nice tribute to paint a young Asian boy playing for the busts of great composers. The red flower painting within the larger painting echoes the stylized heart shape of the piano top, symbolizing a love of music. The background is a dreamlike Italian background, to honour where Fazioli pianos are made, and also where studied painting in 1990-1991. I think that music takes us to other places and times, it animates us, it brings things to life, it melds worlds and spaces, the inside and outside, and it joins us all collectively.
The new painting hangs above his amazing gold-leafed Fazioli grand piano, in the showroom of his Aberdeen Mall location. The buyer of the piano will also get the painting to take home! fun!
Manuel has a limited edition ‘archival fine art reproduction’ of the painting available for anyone that may be interested in one. You can contact him here: Showcase Pianos. He also has the best pianos around!
‘Serenading The Greats’, oil on linen, 44 x 48 inches, completed in December 2015.
Flashback: Here are a couple of my older piano paintings from 1999, and 1992:
Part 1 to 5 of Vancouver based artist Michael Abraham discussing his process, techniques in oil painting and sculpting, and his career development. This talk took place at the Richmond Artists Guild in October, 2015. Added to the Video page.