John Abrams

Pontiac, 2009
Oil and car model on canvas, 11 x 14 x 4"
courtesy of the artist and Paul Petro Contemporary Art
value: $1,200

Named one of "Canada's best new figurative painters" in Saturday Night Magazine, John Abrams was born in Montreal and currently lives and works in Toronto. Interested in the impact of visual media on the present, his paintings have explored imagery from mass media, popular culture and history. Whether drawing upon images from films, newspapers, glossy magazines or Canadian history, Abrams' work offers a fresh perspective. Characterized by a simple palette, his luminous paintings have gradually incorporated colour, although he continues to work monochromatically. A founding member of Loop Gallery (Toronto), Abrams' paintings can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, and University of Toronto Art Centre as well as numerous other private collections.