John Abrams describes his style and lists his influences.
SP: How would you describe your style?
JA: My artistic practice over the last few years has been primarily involved in an investigation of the possibilities of translating existing cinema into the language of painting. The reworking of formal, conceptual and aesthetical ideas across visual art mediums has been an exciting and informative endeavor, allowing for involvement in the current dialogue of time based work and addressing challenges to more traditional ways of making art, like painting and sculpture. Film acts as a shortcut to reality, and we are well versed in film’s strategies of presentation that we often describe our personal lives and personal realities in filmic terms.
SP: What artists have been your biggest inspirations?
Daniel Richter, Gerhard Richter, Marcel Duchamp,Tom Dean, Eldon Garnet, Tony Sherman, Robert Houle, Edouard Manet, John Singer Sargent, Henri Matisse
John's portrait of Louise Arbour
John Abrams’ artistic practice over the last few years has primarily involved him in the investigation of translating existing cinema into the language of painting. Reworking of formal and conceptual ideas across visual art mediums has been an informative endeavor. John is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto and the Boltax Gallery on Shelter Island, New York.