SIGMUND ABELES--Original Prints SIGMUND ABELES--Mother & Child Drawings
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Sigmund AbelesCurrent Exhibitions:
Expressive Realist Painter & Printmaker
"Passionate Lives / Passionate Lines"
Park Row Gallery and Joyce Goldstein Gallery
May 23-June 27, 2009 (Openings evening May 30th)
National Academy Museum
184nd Annual Exhibition
New York, NY
CREATIVE PROCESS visits the mid-town Manhattan studio of noted expressive realist painter & printmaker Sigmund Abeles.
Abeles: I like art that tells a story. Painting should be everything that theater, literature and movies are.
Abeles lithograph Conundrum (left)
Abeles: There is a haunting quality to a look; I guess in some way, I try to hold onto that.
Abeles lithograph Solitaire (right)
Abeles: I'm a figurative artist--but not in a straight representational way. My work has an expressionist quality with psychological overtones; it might be called "expressive realism" or "psychological realism". When I look at a figure, I don't see just form--I see who the person is and what the person is feeling.
Editors Note: Sigmund Abeles "empathic observation" is shown stretched to the agonizing limit in his extraordinary series called "The Max Drawings". These drawings show his much-premature baby son's progress from incubator to healthy baby. The exhibition including many of this series toured to 13 museums around the United States.
8.4.83 Max's 3rd & Very Stable Day (right)
Abeles: I started out as a draftsman and printmaker. I didn't begin using color until 1980. Rembrandt and Goya were early influences on my work.
Working on Etching Plate--A Portrait of His Son Max
Abeles: In my art, the depiction of the human figure is everything. I work from models. Color surfaces and tones in my figurative pastels are inspired by the skin colors of my models. The variety is wonderful.
Abeles: But I'm not just focused on the outward appearance of people, I try to convey my feelings about them.
Abeles: I begin two or three drawings of the same subject at the same time. After a brief start, I destroy the ones that are not good. When I was teaching, we often did a musical easels drill: Each student would start a drawing--using just a few lines. Then the drawing was passed along to the next person. Invariably we saw that a bad beginning couldn't be fixed no matter how much more work was done on the drawing. So, it isn't useful to be too precious about work in its early stages.
(Editors note: Abeles was a professor and studio artist at Wellesley College, Boston University and University of New Hampshire. He now teaches special classes at the National Academy of Design in NYC.)
Abeles: People often quote me on something I wrote about Degas: "He kept looking when most people look away". When I look, I constantly seek for a corner to start peeling back the surface layers.
Abeles' Studio with Mannequin & Painting
ABELES:I like doing portraits, but I won't work from photos. If someone wants a portrait, that person has to be willing to sit at least a couple of times for me. But I'll do them in any medium: drawing, pastel or painting--even a print. In fact, I'm surprised I don't get more requests for portraits.
View SIGMUND ABELES' paintings, pastels, drawings & lithographs for sale at
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Price Range: $450-$20,000
See BIDDINGTON'S Sculpture Gallery for information on Sigmund Abeles
sculpture in bronze and in synthetic resins.
SIGMUND ABELES is represented in more than 100 museums & private collections including:
Museum of Modern Art, New York Sigmund Abeles studied at the Art Students League with Harry Sternberg, Reginald Marsh and Morris Kantor, and at Pratt Institute, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Brooklyn Museum School. He has a BA in painting from the University of South Carolina, and a MFA from Columbia University. Abeles has exhibited in more than 20 one-person shows; both his works and words are extensively published.
Abeles is a frequent lecturer at The National Arts Club, The Art Students League and The National Academy of Design in New York. Abeles' home state of South Carolina honored the artist in the year 2001 with a major museum retrospective. The University of South Carolina Press is planning to publish a book of Sigmund Abeles life & work.
Boston Public Library
Art Institute of Chicago
Williams College Museum
National Academy of Design
Harvard Semitic Museum
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
New York Public Library
San Diego Museum of Art
Yale University Art Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Arkansas Art Center
Cleveland Museum of Art
Greenville County Museum of Art, SC
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Honolulu Academy of Art
Wichita Art Museum, KS
Worcester Art Museum, MA
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