Peter Abrahams
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Peter Abrahams is a British visual artist. He lives in London and works with photographic media. He has also produced substantial bodies of work in the fields of painting, drawing and printmaking.

Notable sequences of photographs are the Illuminations series, Vanitas, Forms of Value, Threshold and The Active and Contemplative Life.

The Illuminations and Vanitas pictures are constructed in the studio and investigate the properties of common objects of little conventional value. These still-life materials are often sourced from charity shops or pound-stores so that their origins are either uncertain or they are the products of cheap, globalized labour.

The Active and Contemplative Life compositions are vertical diptychs or double images which pair workers, often in the financial district of the City of London, with the overlooked spaces and substances of the urban environment. They are meditations on the status of work, on the hierarchy of people and spaces, and on the different speeds of visual perception. Through the doubling of the imagery, new critical interpretations are made possible and in the words of the anthropologist Christopher Pinney, the "series is constructed on the visual presence in their lower registers of an underneath".

Forms of Value and Threshold continue, in single images, an analysis of the costume and gestures of office workers in the public space, and unloved details of the city.

Peter Abrahams studied painting at Camberwell School of Art 1979-81 and at the Royal Academy Schools 1981-84. In 1992, he completed a further part-time post-graduate course in advanced printmaking at Central St Martins College of Art and Design.

From 1983 to 2000 he was a visiting lecturer in further and higher education, working in fine art, drawing, printmaking and the history of art. He taught at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, the University of Hertfordshire, University of Brighton, Kingston University, Morley College and North London College.


Bibliography
Words and Pictures, an object-based art magazine published by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, issue 5, 1996.
Christopher Pinney, 'sic transit gloria mundi', Peter Abrahams: Double-Space (exh. cat.), Eagle Gallery, EMH Arts, London, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9554046-8-9
Iwona Blazwick, Kirsty Ogg, The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery 2012. ISBN 978-0-85488-206-9
Denise de Cordova, Congregation, Eagle Gallery, / EMH Arts, London, 2013.
Michael Petry, Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, London, Thames and Hudson, 2013. ISBN 978-0-500-23906-3


Peter Abrahams' work is in the following collections:


The British Museum
The Whitechapel Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
The Hiscox Collection
British Arts Centre, Buenos Aires
British Land
Linklaters
London School of Economics
University of Keele
Royal London Hospital
London Borough of Brent
One Aldwych



Solo Exhibitions
2010 Mute, photographic work, m2 Gallery, London
2009 Double-Space, photographic work, Eagle Gallery, London
1999 Glimpses East, photographs, Royal London Hospital
1999 Colour Monotypes, British Arts Centre, Buenos Aires
1991 Painting and graphic work, Morley Gallery, London
1988 Painting and graphic work, Creaser Gallery, London
1987 Painting and graphic work, Hanover Gallery, Liverpool
1985 Works on paper, Galería Propuestas, Asunción, Paraguay


Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Royal Photographic Society, International Photography Exhibition 160, Photoblock, London
2017 Nature Morte, Guildhall Art Gallery, London
2017 London - Chosen Fragments, jaggedart, London
2017 Nature Morte, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
2016 Peter Abrahams and Martin Streit, RaumX, London
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2016 Nature Morte, Konsthallen Bohuslan Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden
2015 Nature Morte, Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, Norway
2014 A Letter in Mind, gallery@oxo, London
2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2014 A Little Patch of Yellow Wall, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London
2013 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Galleries, London
2012 The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2012 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2011 Quadruple Energy, 4 x m2 Gallery, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, London
2010 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2010 London Original Print Fair, Eagle Gallery, Royal Academy, London
2009 Concerning Matter, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
2009 Northern Print Biennale, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2008 Eagle Artists: Part One, Eagle Gallery, London
2008 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2008 London Original Print Fair, Eagle Gallery, Royal Academy, London
2006 New Editions, Eagle Gallery, London
2005 Space Open Exhibition, Triangle Gallery, London
2005 In Focus, Eagle Gallery, London
2004 Lexicon Partners, London
2003 Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, City of London School
2002 Brussels Contemporary Art Fair, James Colman Fine Art
2002 Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, City of London School
2001 Drawings, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art at Reid Minty, London
2001 Printmaking Techniques and the Market for Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
2000 Beneath the Surface, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
2000 Arte Contemporanea a Torino, James Colman Fine Art,
1999 Peter Abrahams, Chris Baker, Basil Beattie and Thomas Gosebruch, Eagle Gallery, London
1999 Art 99, London Contemporary Art Fair, Eagle Gallery
1997 Art at 100, Drawing the Line, Hammerson PLC, London
1997 Colour Monotypes, Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1997 Visionfest 6 Sense, Triple, Senate House Gallery, University of Liverpool,
1996 Visionfest, Ainscough Gallery, Liverpool
1995 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 19, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1995 The London Group, Barbican Concourse Gallery, London
1993 Thirty-six New Etchings, Beardsmore Gallery, London
1993 Contemporaries II, Eagle Gallery, London
1991 Contemporary British Prints, Scarborough Art Gallery
1989 Critics Space 5, Air Gallery, London
1989 London Group, Royal College of Art
1987 Contemporary British Printmaking, World Print Gallery, San Francisco; Angels Gate Cultural Centre,
        San Pedro; David Adamson Gallery, Washington DC
1987 Seventh Mini Print International, Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain
1987 National Print Open, Royal Festival Hall, London
1987 London Group, Royal College of Art
1986 Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London
1984 London Group, Royal College of Art
1982 British Drawing, Hayward Gallery, London
1982 New Contemporaries, ICA, London
1981 London Group, Morley Gallery, London


Competitions and Awards
2012 Rose Award for Photography, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1999 British Council Travel Grant to exhibit at the British Arts Centre, Buenos Aires
1996 Euclid Prize, Visionfest, Liverpool
1995 Space Studios award, Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, London
1990 Villiers David Foundation Award, research into pre-Hispanic visual cultures, Mexico
1983 British Institution Fund Award, research in Rome
1982 Richard Ford Award, research in Spanish painting, Museo del Prado, Spain
1981 Aidan Threlfall Trust, research in Spanish painting


Education
1976-77 Liverpool University, Faculty of Architecture
1977-78 Liverpool Polytechnic, Foundation Studies in Art and Design
1978-81 Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, BA Hons. First Class, Fine Art, Painting
1981-84 Royal Academy Schools, Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Painting
1990-92 Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, Advanced Printmaking
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