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  • Urgent issue of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: URGENT ISSUE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL..
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  • 2020 Social Distancing Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $1,000 in Artist Prizes. We know, you’re stuck at home. While many are stocking..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Animal Kingdom online art competition. For..
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  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
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  • 2 ARTIST/ 2 PERSPECTIVES

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The workshop offers an opportunity to have access to two outstanding painters who..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    $4500 in Awards - The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites..
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  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Annual spring 2-day art show and sale with different artists in attendance each..
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  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival: Call to Artists

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks Culture seeks proposals from artists to create temporary public art installations in..
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  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    April 4/5 2020. Learn how to quickly develop rich colour and surface in..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , NY

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS International Art Fair

    Location: London, UK,

    CANVAS International Art Fair THE LINE Gallery, London | May 07 – October 30,..
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  • 27th Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    Please join The Lemonville Group of Artists for their 27th Annual Art Show..
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  • Looking for Artist submissions

    Location: EDMONTON, AB

    Looking for submissions. In 1990, my brother Fausto passed away after a battle..
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  • “Sensuality” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: A glance, touch, dance, flower, scent or piece of chocolate can..
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  • Artwork Shipping Scam

    Location: , AB

    This week an artist on our site was corresponding via email with an..
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  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
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  • Call for Entries: Art at the Pumphouse

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is now accepting applications for participation in Art..
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  • Exaltation : Niagara Pumphouse Instructors' Exhibition

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Niagara Pumphouse is proud to host the Instructors’ Exhibition as its first show..
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  • The Place In Between By Roland Daum

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    ROLAND DAUM exhibits artworks inspired by landscape, especially the open sky, which has..
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  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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John Abrams: Canadian Artist Sees Red

By ArtistsInCanada Interview December 9, 2002

} John Abrams:Canadian Artist Sees Red By Paul Constable Like most Canadian Artists, John Abrams subsidizes his painting practice with a day job. In his case he works at a commercial lithography shop, but that aside, Abrams seems to have a single minded conscience that keeps him focused on making art, since his student years (1979-82) at the Ontario College of Art. We are talking about an artist who loves living the artist's life and passionately maintains a prolific painting practice with a very active exhibition history. Currently, John Abrams is a member of the Board of Directors at 'A Space', one of Canada's oldest artist run centers. He is a founding member of Loop Gallery, a collectively owned gallery on Queen West and a core member of Torontoniensis, an exhibiting artist collective. Abrams paints very large images to very small. He paints using references from mass media, the local papers or Canada History books. He is known to paint on exterior walls, canvas and wood panel boxes. John Abrams' work is 'Epop', yet it depicts social issues or events that happen locally around his street or global topics -- that we are all witness to on the tube. Abrams is an observer and with a critical eye. He is interested in analyzing the impact that the visual media has on the present paradigm. His paintings contain that beautiful edge of engagement - sensuous, but tenacious, Abrams' thought provoking imagery lingers long after the viewer has moved on. At times his subject matter is delicate and finely rendered for a realistic metaphor then he quickens his pace to loosen and abstract his brush stroke - always painting something that is recognizable. One of Abrams' large outdoor murals animates a blue angel/goddess, on the exterior front face, of the Cameron Public House/Queen West, (Toronto). It captures the street on a downtown night, with simpler use of line and bright colour. Abrams delivers what he believes: 'Art should bring beauty to the world --because beauty affirms positive emotions'. Making art for more than two decades, John Abrams continues to formally explore the tropes of still life, landscape, full figure and group portraits in oil and acrylic. In Wildlife & Super Models (begun in the early 90's) Abrams compares advertising's corporate use of glamorous images of (endangered) predatory animals with fashion models to package and market product. His continuing series, Criminals and Deities, includes portraits of criminals from his neighborhood, culled from mug shots printed in the Toronto Sun, combined with paintings of serene East Indian Goddesses seen flashing out store windows, on urban streets while crossing town. Abrams is a bit of a Canadian Art History buff, much of his work is in response to art movements like the Group of Seven's romancing of the Canadian North. His paintings are in part about Canadian Art. Abrams' childhood admiration of the painters painting in Stanley Park, Vancouver and grew to include Paul Cane, Robert Harris, The Group of Seven, Michael Snow and Joyce Weiland. Recent Canadian artists like Robert Houle and Tom Dean and International painters like Ed Rusha, Ross Bleckner and Gerhard Ritcher continue to inspire him. Abrams suggests that 'all art talks to the art that came before'. He sees himself contributing to the ongoing stream of paintings launched along the Trans/Canada highway cultural consciousness. This idea of traveling across the country is most evident in recent work, such as 'Canadian Landmark Combine' (2000) collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. The combine is comprised of three 5 1/5 X 8 foot rectangles, the two flanking horizontals are composed of 20, 11 X 14 X 2 inch oil boxes, each depicting its own Canadian Landmark. These small oil on wood paintings resemble snap shots you may have taken on your holidays while traveling across the country or looking at a travelogue through a hand held View Master. Abrams' hanging configuration compels the eye to travel from one small oil landscape to the next -- making a connection to the way most Canadians see their landscape imagery. The central canvas pictures Niagara Falls (as seen from the Canadian side) as an iconic landmark, as well as an eloquent representation of water and power. In another combine entitled 'Ice Wheel'; Abrams installs twenty paintings in a large circle on the wall - suggesting a wheel with tracings of red under paint showing through the frozen scapes, as a little reference to global warming. Abrams starts all his work by under painting red -- a practice common for many of the Impressionists. Not with standing, Abrams doesn't see red as most of us do, because he is colour blind. But, I believe this gives him an uncanny ability to concentrate on what is important. His minimalist use of colour doesn't get muddled up in a palette squeezed from every tube of paint in the box -- yet the artist is very aware of the visual effects his selection of colours will have. Seeing John Abrams work has made me realize how effective this mid career Canadian artist is as a communicator of our times. For further work by John Abrams please see his web site at www.johnabramsartist.com/. _________________________________________________ Paul Constable is the Director of Artists In Canada. He is a Painter / Printmaker and Senior Graphic Designer for an Advertising and Communications company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Paul Constable can be reached by email HERE. His paintings may be viewed at: www.ArtistsInCanada.com/pconstable. Your suggestions for future articles are welcome. _________________________________________________ © 2002 ArtistsInCanada.com