Abi tells us about herself with a simple Q&A
Q1 Who is Abi?
Iʼm Based in London and have an art studio here too. Im in an art collective with 5 incredible artists. I am a representational artist inspired by abstract expressionism. Itʼs classical, but with a twist. I do everything I can to not think when I paint, in order to let subconscious ideas reveal themself onto the canvas. I work mainly in oils and various types of high gloss painting mediums, and large scale is my preferred style of working. I am a great believer in sexual liberation, and believe men are at their best when they are serving women.
Q2 Where do you get your inspiration?
I rely on inspiration to get me into the right state of mind for painting, one which is ego-less and able to create direct connections with past traumas and child-hood memories. I can find this in surrealist movies, classical music, watching Alexander McQueen fashion shows, or delving into my library. I was born Jewish, and find myself deeply moved by the sound of a Rabbi singing, or the mother calling in the Sabbath. On the other side, women who are sexually free and expressive really give me a sense of aliveness and excitement in my brush strokes.
Q3 Did you have any training?
Iʼve been making art since the age of 5 when I first saw a series about a Parisian up-and-coming artist. I was enthralled by the image of him painting in Provence, capturing the sun-blushed fields. I imagined how wonderful life could be if I could also live from this kind of inspiration.
Art has never left my side, and I continued to study it for all of my exams, followed by an art foundation at Central Saint Martins and a degree in Fashion Design from the University of Westminster. It was here I became completely captivated by the dark soul of fashion design legend Alexander McQueen, whom I had the privilege of working for as the creative assistant, spending days looking through his personal books and archives to find themes and provocative images for new collections.
Q4 How would you describe your art?
A dialogue between the two most prevalent parts of me 1: Coming to terms with child trauma and 2: The person I have become as a result of my childhood. Itʼs provocative, dark, a balance between technical art and abstraction. It always involves the human form to some extent.
Q5 What artists inspire you?
Cecily Brown, Adrian Ghenie, Salvadore Dali, Edvard Munch, Caravaggio.
Q6 What does Sentiment mean to you?
Unresolved emotions that form either resistance or craving for a certain topic.