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KIM ABRAHAM

KIM ABRAHAM

Artist Work

Lform Spiral
2013
Oil on Linen
38"x38"
Full Eclipse
2013
Oil on Linen
26"x46"
Uncle Toms Cabin by the Sea
2012
oil on linen
30" x 32"
Reflection
2011
Graphite on paper
10" x 23"
Irish Mist
2010
Oil on Linen
46" x 46"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
2016

Artist Statement

I am a landscape painter, although I know it is somewhat of a risk to work with this theme because of the generations of artists and others that have sentimentalized every notion of landscape. That risk leads me to the waters edge, where my images of land masses and shorelines evoke some sense of a reclining but powerful place that touches the myths and symbols of the land. I am interested in presenting a landscape that challenges normal perceptions of place. There is a narrative at play that will redefine and resist any simple reading of a place as a mere view. I perceive the landscape as a fresh, relevant, intimidating and maddeningly complex subject. My first real connection to place was the red dirt of my childhood Georgia, where I imagined that the stained earth was colored by my ancestor’s blood. I often now encounter a characteristic of quiet drama and sometimes melancholy in the landscape that reminds of that Georgia clay and some living mystery. The places in my paintings are animated by water, sky and land. They color my landscapes and I hope to animate new mysteries with drama, history and purpose.I am a landscape painter, although I know it is somewhat of a risk to work with this theme because of the generations of artists and others that have sentimentalized every notion of landscape. That risk leads me to the waters edge, where my images of land masses and shorelines evoke some sense of a reclining but powerful place that touches the myths and symbols of the land. I am interested in presenting a landscape that challenges normal perceptions of place. There is a narrative at play that will redefine and resist any simple reading of a place as a mere view. I perceive the landscape as a fresh, relevant, intimidating and maddeningly complex subject. My first real connection to place was the red dirt of my childhood Georgia, where I imagined that the stained earth was colored by my ancestor’s blood. I often now encounter a characteristic of quiet drama and sometimes melancholy in the landscape that reminds of that Georgia clay and some living mystery. The places in my paintings are animated by water, sky and land. They color my landscapes and I hope to animate new mysteries with drama, history and purpose.I am a landscape painter, although I know it is somewhat of a risk to work with this theme because of the generations of artists and others that have sentimentalized every notion of landscape. That risk leads me to the waters edge, where my images of land masses and shorelines evoke some sense of a reclining but powerful place that touches the myths and symbols of the land. I am interested in presenting a landscape that challenges normal perceptions of place. There is a narrative at play that will redefine and resist any simple reading of a place as a mere view. I perceive the landscape as a fresh, relevant, intimidating and maddeningly complex subject. My first real connection to place was the red dirt of my childhood Georgia, where I imagined that the stained earth was colored by my ancestor’s blood. I often now encounter a characteristic of quiet drama and sometimes melancholy in the landscape that reminds of that Georgia clay and some living mystery. The places in my paintings are animated by water, sky and land. They color my landscapes and I hope to animate new mysteries with drama, history and purpose.

Artist Bio

Kim Abraham is currently painting in Maryland and working with a complex view of the landscape. His paintings are invented places that invite an encounter with time or event that speaks of a presence.

Mr. Abraham grew up in rural Georgia and every day spent deep in the southern woods now comes back to animate his paintings. He painted directly from the landscape for many years and now uses a store of visual and sensory information to create studio paintings of once visited or imagined intriguing places. Constant reconnection to the deep woods of Maryland and Virginia clarifies his theme.

These paintings are very direct and demonstrate an understanding of the texture and structure of natural forms. There is a painted surface at work that points to the real feel of a place. A sense of quiet mystery that is at the heart of the southern landscape is always at work in Kim Abraham's paintings.
Website: http://www.kimabraham.com Born 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee EDUCATION University of Pennsylvania, MFA 1983 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1981 Skowhegan, Maine, Scholarship Award University of Texas Graduate School of Fine Arts, 1975-76 Austin,Texas

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Zenith Gallery, Washington DC, 2012
Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2011 ?
Zenith Gallery, 'Character of Chevy Chase', Washington DC, 2011 ??
Alex Gallery, solo Show, Washington DC, 2010 ??
'Shorelines' , Rockport Center For The Arts, Rockport, Texas 2009 ??
Ciurlionis Art Museum: Zilinskas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 2009 ??
Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania 2009 ??
Ambassador’s Residence exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania 2009 ??
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2008 ??
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2007 ??
John Fonda Gallery, Artscape-Theater Project, solo show, Baltimore, Maryland 2007
Texas National, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas 2007
“Dislocations”, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland 2007
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2006 ??
American Landscapes 2004, Circle Gallery, Annapolis Maryland, 2004 ??
Gross McCleaf Gallery, solo show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002 ??
Middle Street Gallery, Washington, Virginia, 2002 ??
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001 ??
'Northern National', Nicolet College, Rhinelander Wisconsin, 2001 ??
'International Small Works on Paper', Gallery One, Asheville, North Carolina 2001
Sloane Jordan Gallery, Austin, Texas, 2000 ??
Gallery on Centre, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 2000 ??
George Mason University Arlington Campus, solo show, Arlington, Virginia, 1999 ??
Juried Exhibition, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia, 1999 ??
Prince and Pilgrim Gallery, London, England, 1998, 2001 ??
Sixteenth Annual NW International, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, 1996
Sheehan Gallery, solo show, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1995 ??
Mid Columbia Arts Center, solo show, Kennewick, Washington, 1995 ??
'Coast to Coast', Center For Visual Art, Oakland, California, 1995 ??
Clyde and Mary Harris Gallery, solo show, Walla Walla College, Walla Walla, Washington 1994 'Landscape and Still Life', Comus Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1994 ??
'Artists/Teachers Washington State', Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, Pasco,
Washington, 1991 ?
'Cervantes - Visual Translations', Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla,
Washington, 1990 ??
'Dimensions '87', AAWS Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1987 ??
'Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape 1940-1985', New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York;
Raleigh, North Carolina, 1985-86 ??
'Spirit of the Coast', Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, New Jersey, 1984 ??
'Skowhegan to Brooklyn', Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York 1983 ??Kim Abraham is currently painting in Maryland and working with a complex view of the landscape. His paintings are invented places that invite an encounter with time or event that speaks of a presence.

Mr. Abraham grew up in rural Georgia and every day spent deep in the southern woods now comes back to animate his paintings. He painted directly from the landscape for many years and now uses a store of visual and sensory information to create studio paintings of once visited or imagined intriguing places. Constant reconnection to the deep woods of Maryland and Virginia clarifies his theme.

These paintings are very direct and demonstrate an understanding of the texture and structure of natural forms. There is a painted surface at work that points to the real feel of a place. A sense of quiet mystery that is at the heart of the southern landscape is always at work in Kim Abraham's paintings.
Website: http://www.kimabraham.com Born 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee EDUCATION University of Pennsylvania, MFA 1983 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1981 Skowhegan, Maine, Scholarship Award University of Texas Graduate School of Fine Arts, 1975-76 Austin,Texas

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Zenith Gallery, Washington DC, 2012
Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2011 ?
Zenith Gallery, 'Character of Chevy Chase', Washington DC, 2011 ??
Alex Gallery, solo Show, Washington DC, 2010 ??
'Shorelines' , Rockport Center For The Arts, Rockport, Texas 2009 ??
Ciurlionis Art Museum: Zilinskas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 2009 ??
Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania 2009 ??
Ambassador’s Residence exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania 2009 ??
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2008 ??
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2007 ??
John Fonda Gallery, Artscape-Theater Project, solo show, Baltimore, Maryland 2007
Texas National, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas 2007
“Dislocations”, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland 2007
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2006 ??
American Landscapes 2004, Circle Gallery, Annapolis Maryland, 2004 ??
Gross McCleaf Gallery, solo show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002 ??
Middle Street Gallery, Washington, Virginia, 2002 ??
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001 ??
'Northern National', Nicolet College, Rhinelander Wisconsin, 2001 ??
'International Small Works on Paper', Gallery One, Asheville, North Carolina 2001
Sloane Jordan Gallery, Austin, Texas, 2000 ??
Gallery on Centre, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 2000 ??
George Mason University Arlington Campus, solo show, Arlington, Virginia, 1999 ??
Juried Exhibition, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia, 1999 ??
Prince and Pilgrim Gallery, London, England, 1998, 2001 ??
Sixteenth Annual NW International, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, 1996
Sheehan Gallery, solo show, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1995 ??
Mid Columbia Arts Center, solo show, Kennewick, Washington, 1995 ??
'Coast to Coast', Center For Visual Art, Oakland, California, 1995 ??
Clyde and Mary Harris Gallery, solo show, Walla Walla College, Walla Walla, Washington 1994 'Landscape and Still Life', Comus Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1994 ??
'Artists/Teachers Washington State', Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, Pasco,
Washington, 1991 ?
'Cervantes - Visual Translations', Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla,
Washington, 1990 ??
'Dimensions '87', AAWS Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1987 ??
'Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape 1940-1985', New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York;
Raleigh, North Carolina, 1985-86 ??
'Spirit of the Coast', Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, New Jersey, 1984 ??
'Skowhegan to Brooklyn', Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York 1983 ??Kim Abraham is currently painting in Maryland and working with a complex view of the landscape. His paintings are invented places that invite an encounter with time or event that speaks of a presence.

Mr. Abraham grew up in rural Georgia and every day spent deep in the southern woods now comes back to animate his paintings. He painted directly from the landscape for many years and now uses a store of visual and sensory information to create studio paintings of once visited or imagined intriguing places. Constant reconnection to the deep woods of Maryland and Virginia clarifies his theme.

These paintings are very direct and demonstrate an understanding of the texture and structure of natural forms. There is a painted surface at work that points to the real feel of a place. A sense of quiet mystery that is at the heart of the southern landscape is always at work in Kim Abraham's paintings.
Website: http://www.kimabraham.com Born 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee EDUCATION University of Pennsylvania, MFA 1983 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1981 Skowhegan, Maine, Scholarship Award University of Texas Graduate School of Fine Arts, 1975-76 Austin,Texas

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Zenith Gallery, Washington DC, 2012
Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2011 ?
Zenith Gallery, 'Character of Chevy Chase', Washington DC, 2011 ??
Alex Gallery, solo Show, Washington DC, 2010 ??
'Shorelines' , Rockport Center For The Arts, Rockport, Texas 2009 ??
Ciurlionis Art Museum: Zilinskas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 2009 ??
Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania 2009 ??
Ambassador’s Residence exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania 2009 ??
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2008 ??
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2007 ??
John Fonda Gallery, Artscape-Theater Project, solo show, Baltimore, Maryland 2007
Texas National, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas 2007
“Dislocations”, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland 2007
Alex Gallery, solo show, Washington DC, 2006 ??
American Landscapes 2004, Circle Gallery, Annapolis Maryland, 2004 ??
Gross McCleaf Gallery, solo show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002 ??
Middle Street Gallery, Washington, Virginia, 2002 ??
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001 ??
'Northern National', Nicolet College, Rhinelander Wisconsin, 2001 ??
'International Small Works on Paper', Gallery One, Asheville, North Carolina 2001
Sloane Jordan Gallery, Austin, Texas, 2000 ??
Gallery on Centre, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 2000 ??
George Mason University Arlington Campus, solo show, Arlington, Virginia, 1999 ??
Juried Exhibition, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia, 1999 ??
Prince and Pilgrim Gallery, London, England, 1998, 2001 ??
Sixteenth Annual NW International, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, 1996
Sheehan Gallery, solo show, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1995 ??
Mid Columbia Arts Center, solo show, Kennewick, Washington, 1995 ??
'Coast to Coast', Center For Visual Art, Oakland, California, 1995 ??
Clyde and Mary Harris Gallery, solo show, Walla Walla College, Walla Walla, Washington 1994 'Landscape and Still Life', Comus Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1994 ??
'Artists/Teachers Washington State', Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, Pasco,
Washington, 1991 ?
'Cervantes - Visual Translations', Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla,
Washington, 1990 ??
'Dimensions '87', AAWS Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1987 ??
'Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape 1940-1985', New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York;
Raleigh, North Carolina, 1985-86 ??
'Spirit of the Coast', Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, New Jersey, 1984 ??
'Skowhegan to Brooklyn', Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York 1983 ??