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John Abrams

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS


Ontario Collage of Art      1978 - 1982     Collage Diploma

YORK University              2005 - 2007     Masters of Visual Arts


REPRESENTATION


Paul Petro Contemporary Art Toronto, http://paulpetro.com/

Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York, http://www.boltaxgallery.com/

Loop Gallery, Toronto, http://www.loopgallery.ca/past/artist_ja/artist_ja.html


AFFILLIATIONS


1997 - 2005  Core member, Torontoniensis Collective

2000 - PresentFounding member Loop Gallery

2001 - 2004A Space Board of Directors

2009 - PresentNarrative Disorders


WEBSITES


http://web.mac.com/johnabrams3

http://www.ccca.ca/artists/artist_info.html?link_id=1316

http://www.artincontext.org/artist/artist_about.aspx?id=2527

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile/John+Abrams/185.html


TEACHING EXPERIENCE


2006 - 07 Course Director - Marker/Grader, Undergraduate Studio Drawing - YORK University, Toronto


GUEST SPEAKER


March 2008 Cinema Vernis, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton

October 2007 Little Soldier, Loop Gallery, Toronto

January 2005Breathless, A Space, Toronto

Nov 2005On Gordon Douglas, YORK University, Toronto

February 2002Landmark, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound

June 2002Landmark, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa

November 2001Landmark, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo


JURY EXPERIENCE


2008 Juror, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto

2006 - 2007Admissions Committee, York University, Toronto

2000 - 2006Curatorial Committee, Loop Gallery, Toronto

1995 - 2005Curatorial Committee, Torontonians Collective

2004Jury Member, Canada Council B-Grant, Ottawa

2001 - 2004Curatorial Committee, A Space, Toronto


EXHIBITIONS


2012

Narrative Disorders, group show, Memorial University, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NFL

War of 1812 (working title) for 2-Person Show with Robert Houle at Rodman Hall, St Catharines, ON

Solo Show with Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

2011

Solo Show at Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York

2-Person Show at Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010

Art With Heart, Cassey House Art Auction, Toronto, ON

Here in my Car, group show at Art Gallery of Windsor, curated by: James Patten

Further than Confederation, group show at McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, curated by: Ihor Holubizky

Archive and the Everyday, group show in the Levy Gallery at McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, curated by: Ihor Holubizky

Work on Paper, group show at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Art Show and Auction for Haiti, organized by the Boltax Gallery at the Norwood Club, 241 West 14th St., NY, NY

6th Annual C Magazine Benefit Auction, Red Bull Gallery, Toronto, ON

Painting and Photography, summer group show at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009

Paix Au Vietnam, solo show in A Space Windows, Toronto, ON

Dracula, Window Project, solo show, curated by: Ho Tam, Victoria BC

Appetite for Construction, group show, curated by: Mia Nielsen at the Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON

Medium Close Up, solo show at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto

Contempt, solo show at the Spoke Club, Toronto, ON organized by: O Born Contemporary and Paul Petro Contemporary Art

Summer, group show at the Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY

Christmas Spice group show at Paul Petro Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, ON

Casey House Art Auction, at the Carlu, Toronto, ON

TIAF (Toronto International Art Fair), with Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

2008
cinema vernis, solo show curated by: RM Vaughan at the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON

swept away, solo show at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Canadian Art: John Abrams, Ted Bieler, Ed Burtynsky, Betty Goodwin and Angela Grauerholz, group show at the Mc Master Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON

Wild Things, group show at Paul Petro Project Space, Toronto, ON

Appropos, group show curated by: Kelly McKray at Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON

C Magazine Show & Auction, at Birch Libralato, Toronto, ON

On Representation, group show at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

TIAF (Toronto International Art Fair) with Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

2008 Casey House Art Auction, at the Carlu, Toronto, ON

CASH RULES BUT YOUR LOVE IS KING, An Art Metropole Auction at Edward Day, Toronto, ON
2007

Little Soldier
, with JJ Lee, at Loop, Toronto, ON
Two Figures on a Beach, solo show in Accolade West Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON

Milk Milk Lemonade, group show at Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON

Crowd Conscious, group show curated by: Jan Allan at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University, Kingston, ON
Would I: Interrogative or Proposition, group show curated by: Gilles Hebert at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Group show at Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York
C Magazine Show & Auction at Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON
CCCA Art Auction at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
Here Is Where We Meet, group show curated by: Ben Portis in the Gales Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON
Tangents, group show in the Accolade West Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON
Little Dude, group show at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON
Valentines, at Paul Petro Multiples, Toronto, ON
Random Thought Generator, in the Accolade Gallery West, at York University, Toronto
Art @ Suite 500, group show Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, Toronto, ON

Fundraiser for Critical Art Ensemble founder Steven Kurtz, organized by A Space, at SPIN, Toronto, ON
2006
Greatest Hits, group show curated by: James Patton at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON

Remote Splendor, group show at 64 Steps, Toronto, ON
Skin of the City, group show in Accolade West Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON
C Magazine Show & Auction at Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON

Campestral, group show at Cube Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Art at Suite 500, group show at Miles Nadal Management Centre, Toronto, ON

Sweet Tooth, group show curated by: Kelly McCray at Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON

True Spectrum T-Dot, group curated by: Oliver Girling at Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON

Hello Dolly, group show at Spin Gallery, Toronto, ON
Queen Street West Nuit Blanche, curated by: Clara Hagarittay at Spin Gallery, Toronto

Year Book, at Spin Gallery, Toronto, ON, curated by: Juno Yuon
2005-06
Suit Case, group show in the York Quay Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
2005
Betty Blue, solo show at Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, ON
Breathless, solo show at Loop, Toronto, ON

Go Figure, group show at the Latchman Gallery, Souville, ON
5th Anniversary Show, group show at Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
QUEEN WEST ART-SCUM group show curated by: Ishvan Kantor at MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) Toronto, ON
2004
Doctor Strange Love, T.A.A.F.I. (Toronto Alternative Art Fair International) commission, at the Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON
Screen Grab, solo show at Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York
Cry, solo show at Loop, Toronto, ON

IV group show @ rj fleck, Toronto, ON
Panorama, group show at SPIN Gallery, Toronto, ON
Beyond the Frame, group show at MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
“My mission” group show at le-musee-divisioniste.org, Cologne, Germany
AFF Contemporary Art Fair, with Quiver Projects, New York, NY

medi<ation> group show curated by: David Gilbert at the Doncaster Art Gallery and Museum, Doncaster South Yorkshire, UK

2003
Les Amoureux, solo show, curated by: Pat McCauley in the Canadian Communications Building at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
Love Project, solo show at Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON

Collective Loop group show at Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
Shelf Show II, group show at A Space, Toronto, ON
Affordable Art Fair with Quiver Projects, New York, NY
Toronto International Art Fair, with Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON
Star Struck, group show in Art Rental & Sales Gallery at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto,
Michael Jackson Show, group show, curated by: Andrew Harwood and Lex Vaughan
at ZSA ZSA, Toronto, ON

Good Medicine, group show at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON
Valentine, group show at SPIN Gallery, Toronto, ON
C Magazine Show & Auction, at Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
2002
Cross, 2-person show with Sandra Brewster in A Space Windows, Toronto, ON
Les Amoureux, solo show at Loop, Toronto, ON

Affordable Art Fair, with Quiver Projects, New York, NY
The Drawing Show, group show curated by: Tiff Iza at Ne Plus Ultra, Toronto, ON
Shelf Show, group show at A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON
Winter Lights, group show at the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound
Wild Life, group show at the Art Rental Gallery in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Sea Worthy, group, curated by: Kelly McCray at the Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON
Art With Heart - Casey House Art Auction at the Art Galley of Ontario, Toronto
Songs from the Waterfront group show at Harbourfront Centre, York Quay Gallery, Toronto, ON
Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro, group show, curated by: Ihor Holubizky at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane Australia
2001 - 02
Landmark, with Robert Houle, 2-person show curated by: Carol Podedworny and Stuart Reid at the Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, and the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON

PUBLICATIONS


2010

Further Than Confederation, McMaster Museum of Art Newsletter - Winter Spring, essay by Ihor Holubizky, page 7

The Archive and Everyday Life, McMaster Museum of Art News Letter – Summer 2010, essay by Ihor Holubizky, page 8

Eldon Garnet & John Abrams Art Pages, BORDERCROSSINGS, Issue No. 114 May
John Abrams: Parks Combine, BLOOR NO.1 (paintings & text by John Abrams) p 22-29

2009

Torontoniensis, catalogue, essay by: Gordan Hatt, ISBN 0-981221-0-4

TIAF 2009, Toronto International Art Fair catalogue

Casey House art auction catalogue, Toronto

2008

cinema vernis. McMaster Museum of Art catalogue, essays by: RM Vaughan, Sky Gilbert, John Greyson, Jeremy Podeswa, RM Vaughan, and Christina Ziedler

John Abrams- Artist Project, The Gender Issue, Kiss Machine, pages 10-11

TIAF 2008 Catalogue Toronto International Art Fair

Cassey House Art Auction Catalogue, Toronto

2006

i book, A book of Self-Portraits by Artists, Published by OCAD, Toronto

2005

John Abrams: Breathless, artist project - front cover, Kiss Machine, No.11 The Shame Issue, fall

John Abrams: Betty Blue, artist project Kiss Machine. No.10, The Disposable Issue, spring pages 36-38

2004

John Abrams: Doctor Strangelove, artist project The Bear Deluxe Magazine, #21, winter, page 3

John Abrams: Les Amoureux, artist project KISS MACHINE 9 Love and Stars

John Abrams: Just A Kiss Away, medi<ation> online catalogue 

2002       

John Abrams: Criminals and Deities, artist project KISS MACHINE 5, Cars and Religion Issue

Songs from the Waterfront Torontoniensis, online catalogue

Art With Heart, Casey House auction catalogue

2001       

Landmark, University of Waterloo Art Gallery and Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, catalogue, essays by: Stuart Reid and Carol Podedworny

1998

Ghostwriter, Mercer Union, edited by Lorraine Johnson, essays by Andy Patton, Jameilie Hassan, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Gerald McMaster, Andy Fabo and Mille Chen, artists: Shirin Neshat, John Abrams, Faye HeavyShield, Veronica Verkley, Don Hall, Robert Houle, Charline Boudrewau & Anne Golden, Brent Cehan, John McLachlin, Michelle Gay, Janice Kerbel, Evelyn Von Michalofski, 35 page book ISBN: 0-921527-05-5

1992

Rethinking History, Mercer Union, essay by Carol Podedworny, artists: Group exhibition: John Abrams, Stephen Andrews, Robert Houle, Sara Leydon, Edward Poitras, Jane Ash Poitras


REVIEWS


2010

Robert Enright, Collaborating Then and Now: Eldon Garnet & John Abrams, in BORDER CROSSINGS, Issue No. 114

Ben Portis, Visual Art: John Abrams, in BORDER CROSSINGS, Issue 113, pp 97-98

Art Auction for Haiti at the Nowood Club, This Week in New York: The Insiders Guide to the City Sine 2001 see <http://twi-ny.com/blog/2010/01/26/art-auction-for-haiti/

2009

Agenda: A national and international round of the season’s best exhibitions, Canadian Art Magazine: 25th Anniversary Issue, Fall 2009, page 35

2008

Heidi Kellett, John Abrams: Cinema Vernis: Curated by RM Vaughan, McMaster Museum of Art, C magazine 99, Autumn 2008, page 40

John Abrams Interview with Louise Bak, Sexual Tension, posted in TORO MAGAZINE, October 7 http://www.toromagazine.com/?q=node/753

ART FAG, PAUL PETRO CONTEMPORARY ART, John Abrams: Swept Away, see http://www.artfag.ca/afintropage.html

Leah Sandals, Walk on Wild side Wild Things group show loves an outlaw, in NOW Magazine

2007

Sarah Milroy, The mascot of Queen Street West is starring in his own art show, in the Globe and Mail, Feb 3, Section M page 3

Meghan Sheffield, Crowd Conscious’ explores contemporary ideas of identity and group culture, in The Queen's Journal, Sept Vol. 135, Issue #4

Gary Michael Dault, Melancholy in a dangerous world, in the Globe and Mail, October 6, page R14

2006

Gary Michael Dault, Mise En Scene Untitled (From Contempt) by John Abrams, in the Globe and Mail, June 30, Section R

2005

Gary Michael Dault, John Abrams and Mark Adair at Loop in the Globe and Mail, Saturday Oct 8, Page R7

RM Vaughan The Mad Muse of John Abrams, in the National Post, April 16, pages 10 and 11

2004

Enza, Curator R.J. Fleck (far left) opens his home for the Interweek IV Holiday Art Fair group exhibition in the Metro on Dec. 24

Gary Michael Dault, The other edgier art fair, in the Globe and Mail, Oct 1 page R 28

Big-Screen Inspiration at Boltax in Hampton Cottages & Gardens on page 91

Pop culture at Boltax, in Shelter Island Reporter, page B5

Art Beat in the Suffolk Times, page 8A

Gary Michael Dault. Globe and Mail John Abrams and Howard Ross at Loop Sat, May 1- Page R17 

Media(tion) an exhibition in Doncaster looking at the ways in which we are affected by the media, in Shefield Today

2003

RM Vaughan, O come all ye rich (and shameless) collectors, in the Globe and Mail, Dec 20 page R8

Jenna Holko, Fine art and the politics of dissent Torontoniensis Collective at UWAG, in Imprint, Waterloo News Paper, October 31, 2003 Volume 26 - Issue 16

Linda Howe, Politics, sex and death are themes of exhibit in University of Waterloo Gazette, Vol. 44 #5, Nov 5

Gary Michael Dault, Gallery Going: John Abrams at Canada Quay, Harbourfront Centre, in Globe and Mail, Aug 31 R11

2002

Gary Michael Dault, The Drawing Show at Ne Plus Ultra, in the Globe and Mail, page R9, Dec 21

R.M. Vaughan, Have yourself an arty little Christmas, in the Globe and Mail, page R7 Dec 14

Sara Milroy, Visual Arts: Critics Pick’s in the Globe and Mail, Aug 17

Gary Michael Dault Landlocked Exhibit Gets it’s Sea Legs, Globe and Mail, Aug 10

Corinna Ghaznavi,  Robert Houle John Abrams at The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2002, pages 87-88

Xandra Eden, John Abrams Blue Angel at Zsa Zsa in Lola # 12 summer, page 70      

Steve Pakin, Landmark: Robert Houle & John Abrams on TVO - Studio Two


2001       

Tory Healy, Qtips . . . and all that crap, in Lola #10 Fall. The Man Issue, page 53

Tiff Izsa, Circling Around Canadian and International art; Patriotism & nudity, in West End Revue. Toronto, Vol. 2

Linda Howe, Social commentary, colour link UW art gallery exhibits, in University of Waterloo Gazette, Vol. 42 #9 

Robert Reid, Examining identity in a divided world, in the Record, Nov 10

Kirsten McCarthy, Liberty Landmark, the Cameron turns 20 this month, in the Liberty Gleaner


COLLECTIONS


O’Hare Airport, National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University, Art Gallery of Windsor, McMaster Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Schulich School of Business, York University, and University of Toronto Art Centre, as well as numerous private national and international collections.


PUBLIC MURALS


2007Cameron House – Bridget Bardot, Toronto

2004Cameron House  - Blue Goddess, Toronto

2002 Cameron House – Sleeping Goddess, Toronto

2000 Royal Canadian Mint – New Quarter, Toronto

1999Cameron House – Pierre Trudeau and Barbra Streisand, Toronto

1995Garnet Press Gallery – Two Erics

1993O’Hara Airport  - Cindy Sherman and the Moon, Chicago Illinois

Cameron House – Original Goddess, Toronto

1989Garnet Press Gallery – Late Nature, Toronto

1986 Gotham Enterprises, Toronto

1984Garnet Press Gallery – Toronto on Stage, Toronto








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