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J Lawrence Abrams is a prolific artist whose works span 50 years. At age fourteen he received private instruction where he learned to apply solid fundamentals of design and color, and at age eighteen his oil paintings received juried top awards at various New York art galleries and art centers. He painted from nature, particularly wildflower gardens in his loose, painterly way of manipulating oils on the canvas which is still evident today. During his pre-college years he pursued his second love, Music, particularly developing studies and proficiency in percussion and piano. His higher education began under the guidance of artist and mentor William Bippes while pursuing an undergraduate degree in percussion performance under at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester N.Y. His studies in both disciplines simultaneously greatly affected his approach to form and composition in the visual arts as well as music, realizing the capabilities of this natural occurring parallel of their compositional parameters. Similarly, to the “Orpheus Group’ of the earlier part of the 20th century, he began to interchange concepts of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art works with those of absolute music compositions. His philosophy of the visual arts is that they are first felt through the senses, as is with absolute music, thereby; what is perceived durational in one discipline(tonal) can also be observed simultaneously in the other (visual) and vise-a-verse. This is exemplified particularly throughout the set of ten paintings by J Lawrence titled “Pictures at an Exhibition”; these are based on Mussorgsky’s piano suite of ten “tonal pictures”.
The artist writes, "It was these musical scores that captured my attention. Learning to play most instruments allowed me to explore the musical scores which gave me the drive to compose music. In 1979 I was especially captured by the introduction of electronic music which led to my experimentation of combining electronics with acoustical instruments in my compositions. Yet, I could not put away the visual piece in my creativity, so I chose theatre which naturally combines all 3 disciplines. After 10 years of music studies and 2 degrees, I set to writing my SUNY Special Studies degree, 'Music Composition for Theatre'. I was honored to have been chosen nationally to work a theatre internship in New York City. NYC was a perfect playground in which I worked 3 different shows at 3 different theatres. My greatest opportunity was working with composer, Roger Treyfousse on his new modern opera, transposing and transcribing the entire score, and especially orchestrating the percussion section. . I then was nationally selected to study at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in Aix En Provence, France, where they advocate study from nature and study of the masters, which had an immense influence on me as an artist. Following, several years I travelled to Florida, Washington,DC, and New York where my paintings and woodskapes were represented in their fine art galleries. Today you will find my visual art works listed as J Lawrence and J Lawrence Abrams published in several archives including the MOMA in NYC, the Library of Congress, the National Archives of American Art, and one painting in the permanent art collection of the White House, Washington, D.C.. Throughout all the years of exhibitions and shows, my favorite is the solo exhibition, 'Pictures at an Exhibition" at the Veerhoff Gallery in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.. Currently, I am taking on a huge undertaking revisiting my 'Pictures at an Exhibition', after 30 years of experimenting and combining the two disciplines of tonal and visual art. I invite you to join me for a journey down this road of paintings, sketches, etching and sculpture. Still heading for the horizon but always enjoying the journey." © JLawrence Abrams 2021
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