In an age when many artists do their best to be abstract, dark and separated from human suffering and human efforts, sigmund abeles he has the courage to portray real people and even tell a story as artists have done for generations. Her roots are attached to the ground, making her an artist with direction.
Sigmund Morton Abeles was born in the city of NY in 1934. When Sigmund was only two years old, his parents separated and he moved with his mother to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Abeles did not receive art instruction at school, however, he attributes the articles on artists that appear in the magazine Life as an important source of inspiration. He studied drawings from art books and he practiced drawing daily.
looking for inspiration in Myrtle Beach, Abeles found Brookgreen Gardens, an open-air museum of sculptures, which provided him with a multitude of beautiful bronze figures and marble to draw.
While studying at the University of South Carolina, Abeles attended the Art Students League in NY in the summer of 1954. The following year, he had his first individual exhibition at the Florence Museum of Art en Florence, South Carolina.
After attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1955, moved to New York City, and entered the MFA program at the Columbia University.
Shortly after graduating, Abeles was drafted into the army of the United States and returned to South Carolina one more time; this time for basic training in Fort Jackson en Columbia. After his military service, Abeles embarked on his own career as an art educator.
He worked at various institutions in the Northeast and in 1987 resigned from his teaching position at the University of New Hampshire to work in his studio full time.
Abeles' art is highly charged with emotion. He prefers the human form in drawings, paintings and sculptures of him saying:
"In my art, the representation of the human form is everything."
Abeles likes to tell stories through her art and tries to connect with the universal experience by tapping into different aspects of the human condition. Abeles never shies away from reality, instead embracing it by dealing with the tragedies as well as the joys of life. His artistic philosophy was revealed when he said that intensity, honesty and empathy are paramount in his art.
In 1976 he wrote: "I constantly look for a corner to remove the superficial layers, hoping to reveal a little more than the vision of a single point of view."
"Drawing informs and is the backbone of everything in my art. I once met a sign painter who had studied at an art school and advised me: 'make at least five drawings a day and in five years you can call yourself an artist'. ' It's hard to find better advice.
Currently, Abeles works with pastels, oils, and graphic media, as well as sculpture, and full-time in his art studios. NY and upstate NY.