Born 1979, Tacoma, Washington
Lives and works in New York
Johnny Abrahams' work is an adventure in visual destabilization and a fresh contemporary version of the 1960’s optical art experiments in painting. Like the work of Bridget Riley, Abrahams makes paintings that play with perception and alter how we see. Distortions and depths bedevil the eye, making everything outside of the frame seem a world away. Black or dark blue lines with intense sections of white stagger throughout, creating optical and physical stimulation. Each work reads as multiple paintings overlapping one another, but every work is a single object.
Johnny Abrahams' path lies outside art schools and fine arts programs. Even though his training has not been institutional, he has found a home in New York City. Abrahams has principally shown his work through Jack Hanley in New York and Vigo Gallery in London. Upcoming exhibitions are planned in London, Belgium, Milan, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.