Ivor Abrahams

(b. 1935)

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(1935– )

British sculptor and printmaker, born in Wigan. He studied at St Martin's School of Art and the Central School of Art, London, and made his reputation with colourful sculptures of hedges and garden walls. The imagery was taken from popular gardening magazines and ‘prescriptions for the nouveau [sic] bourgeoisie’ published in the 19th century on how to organize house and garden. He used fibreglass and flock, the latter to evoke the texture of greenery. In 1973 he said, ‘I was able to think of shapes that would, in fact, only come to life when they were treated with this sort of skin or fibre.’ He has also applied flock to his prints, again to simulate texture. The results both in sculpture and print have a quality of the uncanny.

Further Reading

S. Raikes, By Leafy Ways (2008)

Subjects: Art.

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