Born

 

1959 in Montreal



Education



2007



MFA, York University, Toronto, ON  

      

1982



OCAD, Ontario Collage of Art, Toronto, ON



Representation



Karen Boltax, NYC and Los Angeles CA boltax@karenboltax.com



Archives



The CCCA Canadian Art Database Project  http://ccca.concordia.ca



​Art in Context http://www.artincontext.org



Exhibitions

2019

John Abrams, Soul Art Space, Busan South Korea

LA Art Show, with Sloan fine Art, curated by Karen Boltax

 

2018

 

Art Palm Springs, California, curated by Karen Boltax

Identity/Identify, curated by Linda Jansma, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

2018 BAMA Busan Art Fair, Busan, South Korea

 

2017

 

Freeze Frame, First Canadian Place, Toronto

 

Spring, French River, Loop  Gallery, Toronto

 

Identity/Identify The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, September 2017-June 2018

 

Canada’s Birthday Portrait Campbell House Museum, Toronto

 

Drawing 2017 John B Aird Gallery, Toronto

 

The hold: studies in the contemporary collection, Agnes Etherington Art Centre



2016

 

John Abrams : Painting Movies, The Terrance Theatre, Charleston, SC

 

Tuck Shop, curated by Keith Cole, Buddies and Bad Times, Toronto

 

John Abrams, The Misfits in Progress, Fine and Dandy Gallery, Toronto

 

DADDY 2016 SUMER ART SHOW, E.L. Rudy, Toronto

 

Loop Group Show

 

2015

 

John Abrams: Painting Movies, curator: Kelly McCray, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

 

2014

 

Tuck Shop, curated by Keith Cole, Buddies and Bad Times, Toronto

 

John Abrams,Seeing Seberg, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON

 

Look What We Have, (John Abrams, Aganetha Dyck, Diana Thorney croft, Tim Whiten and Arthur Heming), Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound

 

John Abrams: Land Mark Combine, RiverBrink Art Museum, Queenston,

 

John Abrams, “Sex and a Shower . . .”, FINE & Dandy Art Gallery, Toronto 

 

2013



Wiki, Station Gallery, Wiki, curated by Olexander Wlavsenko, Whitby, ON



John Abrams: Remix Moderne, Evans Contemporary, Peterborough, ON



2012



Oh, Canada, curated by Dawn Owen, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON



RE: Arrange, curated by Patrick Macaulay, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON



Entertaining Modernism, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON



Narrative Disorders, Memorial University, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NL



artMRKT HAMPTONS, artMRKT SanFrancisco, Texas Contemporary and  Miami Project, with Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY



2011



Entertaining Modernism, The Canary Gallery, Peterborough, ON 



Painting Hitchcok, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York



This is Paradise, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON



artMRKT HAMPTONS, artMRKT SanFrancisco, Texas Contemporary and aqua 11, with Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY



2010



Christmas Spice, Paul Petro C contemporary Art, Toronto, ON



Art With Heart, Cassey House Art Auction, Toronto, ON



Here in my Car, curated by James Patten, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON



Further than Confederation, curated by Ihor Holubizky, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON



Archive and the Everyday, Levy Gallery, curated by Ihor Holubizky McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON



Work on Paper, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark



Art Show and Auction for Haiti, Boltax Gallery, Norwood Club, 241 West 14th St., New York, NY



6th Annual C Magazine Benefit Auction, Red Bull Gallery, Toronto, ON



Painting and Photography, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark



2009   

  

Paix Au Vietnam, A Space Windows, Toronto, ON



Dracula, The Window Project, curated by Ho Tam, Victoria BC



Appetite for Construction, curated by Mia Nielsen,Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON



Medium Close Up, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON



Contempt, Spoke Club, Toronto, ON



Summer, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY



Christmas Spice, Paul Petro Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, ON



Casey House Art Auction, at the Carlu, Toronto, ON



Toronto International Art Fair, with Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

 

 

2008



cinema vernis, solo show curated by RM Vaughan at the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON



Swept Away, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON



Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Canadian Art, Mc Master Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON



Wild Things, Paul Petro Project Space, Toronto, ON



Appropos, curated by Kelly McKray, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON



C Magazine Show & Auction, Birch Libralato, Toronto, ON



On Representation, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON



TIAF with Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON



2008 Casey House Art Auction, at the Carlu, Toronto, ON



CASH RULES BUT YOUR LOVE IS KING, Art Metropole Auction Toronto, ON



2007



Little Soldier, with JJ Lee, Loop, Toronto, ON Two Figures on a Beach, Accolade West Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON



Milk Milk Lemonade, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON



Crowd Conscious, curated by Jan Allan at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University, Kingston,ON

 

Would I: Interrogative or Proposition, curated by Gilles Hebert, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON



Summer Show, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY



C Magazine Show & Auction,Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON CCCA Art Auction, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON



Here Is Where We Meet, curated by Ben Portis in the Gales Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON Tangents, Accolade West Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON

Little Dude, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

Valentines, Paul Petro Multiples, Toronto, ON

Random Thought Generator, Accolade Gallery West, at York University, Toronto, ON

Art @ Suite 500, Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, Toronto, ON



Fundraiser for Critical Art Ensemble founder Steven Kurtz, organized by A Space, at SPIN, Toronto, ON



2006



Greatest Hits, curated by James Patton, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON



Remote Splendor, 64 Steps, Toronto, ON Skin of the City, Accolade West Gallery at York University, Toronto, ON C

Magazine Show & Auction, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON



Campestral, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, ON Art at Suite 500, Miles Nadal Management Centre, Toronto, ON



Sweet Tooth, curated by Kelly McCray, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON



True Spectrum T-Dot, curated by Oliver Girling, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON



Hello Dolly, Spin Gallery, Toronto, ON Queen Street West Nuit Blanche, curated by Clara Hagarittay, Spin Gallery, Toronto, ON



Year Book, Spin Gallery, curated by Juno Yuon, Toronto, ON Suit Case, York Quay Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON



2005



Betty Blue, Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, ON Breathless, Loop, Toronto, ON



Go Figure, Latchman Gallery, Souville, ON 5th Anniversary Show, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON



QUEEN WEST ART-SCUM curated by Ishvan Kantor at MOCCA, Toronto, ON



2004

Doctor Strange Love, Toronto Alternative Art Fair International commission, Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON



Screen Grab, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY Cry, Loop, Toronto, ON



IV group show @ rj fleck, Toronto, ON



Panorama, SPIN Gallery, Toronto, ON



Beyond the Frame, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON



“My mission” le-musee-divisioniste.org, Cologne, Germany



AFF Contemporary Art Fair, with Quiver Projects, New York, NY



medi<ation> curated by David Gilbert, Doncaster Art Gallery and Museum, Doncaster,  South Yorkshire, UK

 

2003

Les Amoureux, curated by Pat McCauley,  Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON



Love Project, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON



Collective Loop, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON



Shelf Show II, A Space, Toronto, ON



Affordable Art Fair with Quiver Projects, New York, NY



Toronto International Art Fair, with Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON



Star Struck, Art Rental & Sales Gallery at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON



Michael Jackson Show, curated by Andrew Harwood and Lex Vaughan, ZSA ZSA, Toronto, ON



Good Medicine, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON



Valentine, SPIN Gallery, Toronto, ON



C Magazine Show & Auction, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON



2002

Cross, 2-person show with Sandra Brewster in A Space Windows, Toronto, ON



Les Amoureux, Loop, Toronto, ON



Affordable Art Fair, with Quiver Projects, New York, NY



The Drawing Show, curated by Tiff Iza at Ne Plus Ultra, Toronto, ON



Shelf Show, A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON



Winter Lights, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON



Wild Life, Art Rental Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON



Sea Worthy, curated by Kelly McCray, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON



Art With Heart - Casey House Art Auction at the Art Galley of Ontario, Toronto, ON



Songs from the Waterfront, Harbourfront Centre, York Quay Gallery, Toronto, ON



Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro, curated by Ihor Holubizky, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane Australia



2001

Landmark, with Robert Houle,  curated by: Carol Podedworny and Stuart Reid, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, and the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON



Publications



2013



John Abrams: Remix Moderne, essay by Carmen Victor, Evans Contemporary, Peterborough, ON 



2012



2011/2012 Season Conversations, interview by Mike Hansan, ArtSync, pages 138-139



2010



Further Than Confederation, McMaster Museum of Art Newsletter - Winter Spring, essay by Ihor Holubizky



The Archive and Everyday Life, McMaster Museum of Art Newsletter – Summer, essay by Ihor Holubizky



Eldon Garnet & John Abrams Art Pages, BORDERCROSSINGS, Issue No. 114 May



John Abrams: Parks Combine, BLOOR NO.1 (paintings & text by John Abrams) p 22-29



2009



Torontoniensis, catalogue, essay by: Gordan Hatt  http://issuu.com/stukator/docs/torontoniensis




TIAF 2009, Toronto International Art Fair catalogue



Casey House art auction catalogue​, Toronto



2008



cinema vernis. McMaster Museum of Art catalogue, essays by: RM Vaughan, Sky Gilbert, John Greyson, Jeremy Podeswa, RM Vaughan, and Christina Ziedler



John Abrams- Artist Project, The Gender Issue, Kiss Machine, pages 10-11



TIAF 2008 Catalogue Toronto International Art Fair



Cassey House Art Auction Catalogue, Toronto



2006



i book, A book of Self-Portraits by Artists, Published by OCAD, Toronto



2005



John Abrams: Breathless, artist project - front cover, Kiss Machine, No.11 The Shame Issue, fall



John Abrams: Betty Blue, artist project Kiss Machine. No.10, The Disposable Issue, spring pages 36-38



2004



John Abrams: Doctor Strangelove, artist project The Bear Deluxe Magazine, #21, winter, page 3



John Abrams: Les Amoureux, artist project KISS MACHINE 9 Love and Stars



John Abrams: Just A Kiss Away, medi<ation> online catalogue



2002      



John Abrams: Criminals and Deities, artist project KISS MACHINE 5, Cars and Religion Issue



Songs from the Waterfront, Torontoniensis, online catalogue



Art With Heart, Casey House auction catalogue



2001

      

Landmark, University of Waterloo Art Gallery and Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, catalogue, essays by: Stuart Reid and Carol Podedworny



1998



Ghostwriter, Mercer Union, edited by Lorraine Johnson, essays by Andy Patton, Jameilie Hassan, Mary Anne Barkhouse,

Gerald McMaster, Andy Fabo and Mille Chen, artists: Shirin Neshat, John Abrams, Faye HeavyShield, Veronica Verkley, Don Hall, Robert Houle, Charline Boudrewau & Anne Golden, Brent Cehan, John McLachlin, Michelle Gay, Janice Kerbel, Evelyn Von Michalofski, 35 page book ISBN: 0-921527-05-5



1992



Rethinking History, Mercer Union, essay by Carol Podedworny, artists: Group exhibition: John Abrams, Stephen Andrews, Robert Houle, Sara Leydon, Edward Poitras, Jane Ash Poitras



Collections



O’Hare Airport



National Gallery of Canada



The Memorial University Art Gallery

Canada Council Art Bank



Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery



Macdonald Stewart Art Centre



Agnes Etherington Art Centre



Queens University



Art Gallery of Windsor



McMaster Museum of Art



Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art



Schulich School of Business

York University

University of Toronto Art Centre