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Lillian Abel

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Ravenna, Ohio

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
The Art Students League of New York

Representing galleries

digital, landscape, sculpture, abstract, studio-lofts painting, arts-education landscape


"Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed."

Kahlil Gibran

These compositions suggest forms that are present and forms that are absent. Layers that hide and reveal. Out of disorder comes order, out of  darkness comes light, out of time to present, from ignorance to enlightenment.

My work depicts Nature, however, it is made in my studio from memory, impulse and emotion, from the energy experienced in Nature.

The paintings are an exploration of the balance between abstraction and representation. They are abstracted by the palette knife, searching for hidden worlds and images in the paint that reveal on the picture plane. They need to be uncovered, stroked, massaged and moved onto the surface, brought up from where they are hiding; surprising me with their ability to come forth when called by my hand. Revealing the recognized of our ‘world sight’ as unrecognizable, opening the eye of the witness to the intimate and the remote. Beginning from the darkness, moving to find hidden worlds that lay just beyond the edge of our awareness, calling forth the unexplored knowledge of the unseen. When the scales of our eyes are lifted we are brought to the underlying entity.

Graduate of Ohio University, attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students League of New York and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture. Attended the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Center and Il Bisonte International School of Graphic Arts in Florence, Italy. Exhibitions have been in New York, N.Y.; Los Angeles, Ca; Krakow, Poland; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; as well as numerous Galleries and Exhibitons across the country. ALSO: Documentary on my work with homeless artists at Humble Beauty currently has  Distribution on National Public Television and will be aired for the next three years starting January 2013.


"New Work by Lillian Abel and Robin Parsons", GROUNDSPACE PROJECTS, Los Angeles CA

Incognito 2015, Santa Monica Museum Of Art


"Lillian Abel, January Garabedian, Brooke Harker, HALE ARTS SPACE, Curated by Michael Hale, Sean Hemeon, Santa Monica CA, Opening April 18th, 5 pm to 8 pm

"Incognito 10" SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART, April 26th 7 pm to 10 pm

"Habitual" LAAA, juried by Mills Moran, Director of OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles CA

"Our Ever Changing World - Pop Up Show China Town", Curated by Karrie Ross, Los Angeles


"Small Works", Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica CA until January 11, 2014

"Ink & Clay 39", KELLOGG ART GALLERY at California State Polytechnic University, Jurors: Michael David, Liza Folman, Stanton Hunter, Pomona CA Reception is on Saturday, September 21st from 3 to 6 pm

"HERo.e.s/HER open eyeS,  MetaHouse-German Cambodian Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
August 2-16, 2013 Traveling to Lotus Gallery Battambang, Cambodia, curated by Denise A. Scott, Curator Link:

"Silver Factory" GET ART 2013, Project Angel Food, Siren Studios, Hollywood CA

Lillian Abel, Susan Feldman Tucker & Karrie Ross, ALTERED SPACE GALLERY, curated by Bryan Chagolia, Venice CA 


International Women's Day Goup Show, curated by Larisa Pilinsky, West Hollywood City Building

Intersecting Paths: Art & Healing, HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JIR/LA, USC, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Curated by Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Los Angeles


Electron Salon, LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART, Curator: Rex Bruce

“True Blue” SANGRIA FINE ART, Charity Burnett, Curator

LAAA Annual Benefit Auction 2012

“The Fan Show” SCA PROJECT GALLERY, Curated by Karen Karlsson & Denise Kraemer, Pomona, California

Women's Day Virtual Display at MOLAA

"gem 2012" GALLERY 825, LAAA, Los Angeles


"Colors, Colors!" CITY HALL BRIDGE GALLERY, Mary Oliver, Curator, DCA Slide Registry, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

"Smörgasbord", SANGRIA FINE ART, Chariy Burnett, Curator



LAAA Annual Benefit Auction 2011

KCET-TV Los Angeles will air HUMBLE BEAUTY on primetime. Watch for this Documentary to be aired again on KCET Public Television.

"Second Annual Art Project Los Angeles: BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Star-Studded VIP Benefit"


"Celebrating a Decade" 2nd CITY COUNCIL GALLERY, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Curator: shea M gauer

"gem 2011" GALLERY 825, LAAA, Los Angeles

"Silver Lining: Every Cloud Has One" CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, Art in Public Places Program

GET : ART 4, Project Angel Food, Siren Studios, Hollywood CA



2010 Annual Benefit Auction, LAAA

"gem" 2010 GALLERY 825, LAAA, Los Angeles




2009 Open Show, LOS ANGELES ART ASSOCIATION, Apsara DiQuinzio, Assistant Curator,  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

PLENTY:  Happy’s first annual small works show, HAPPY, Los Angeles, CA December 4th - January 24th, 2010

Los Angeles Art Association Annul Benefit Auction

"gem" GALLERY 825, LAAA, Los Angeles  2009

"Insight/Inside LA" Exhibit, Jose Drudis-Biada Gallery at MOUNT ST. MARY'S COLLEGE Curator: Jode Baral.

"Humble Beauty Art Exhibition" KIWA CULTURAL EDUCATION CENTER, Los Angeles, Curator Lillian Abel


"Aurora"  Small Works Sale and Fundraiser, LOS ANGELES ART ASSOCIATION

"TarFest Art Show 2008",  Juried  by Howard Fox, KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER, Los Angeles

"Humble Beauty Art Show", Curator: Lillian Abel at The NEW LATC', presented along with the Premeire of the "Humble Beauty" Documentary, by Letitia Schwartz & Judith Vogelsang.

1st U.S.A., Korea, Japan International Art Festival - "Different and Coexist", Curators U.S.A.: Gina Han and Gustav Yim, International Curator: Tae Hun Seong, ASTO MUSEUM OF ART, Wrightwood, CA

"Hokum, Things and materials are not always what they seem — cleverness, deceit and the unexpected in contemporary art"; GALLERY 825, Laurie Firstenberg, Director/Curator, LAXART


"Southern California Open 2007", LAAA/Gallery 825, Howard N. Fox, Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA

"Aurora" Small Works Sale and Fundraiser, Los Angeles Art Association

"Get : Art" BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS, Benefitting Project Angel Food, Los Angeles, CA

"2007 Winter Biannual", LAAA SOUTH, The Mike Napoliello Gallery, Juried by Susan Cross, Curator MASS MoCA, Hermosa Beach, CA


"Perspectives", BARNSDALL MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY, Curators: Scott Canty and Mary E. Oliver, Los Angeles CA


"The 2nd Annual Fine Art Auction", LOS ANGELES ART ASSOCIATION, Music Box Theater, Hollywood, CA

"Of This World", LOS ANGELES ART ASSOCIATION, GALLERY 825, Juror: Laurie Steelink, Director, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Chain Letter" HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS, Curated by Doug Harvey & Christian
Cummings, Los Angeles, CA

"An Evening of Art and Architecture" LOS ANGELES ART ASSOCIATION, live art auction and architectural tour of AIA award winning home/gallery of Michael Collins and Daniel Banchik, West Hollywood, California

"Saturation and Surface" GALLERY 825, Juror: Nancy Silverman-Miles, Executive Director, Gallery C, Los Angeles, CA

"Get : Art" BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS, Benefitting Project Angel Food, Los Angeles, CA

"Eleventh Annual Los Angeles Art Show - Five Centuries of Art", Fine Art Dealers Association, Santa Monica, CA


"Looking at Art" BARNSDALL MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY, City of Los Angeles World Airports -- LAX and Ontario Airports, Curated by Scott Canty

"Small Wonders" PHARMAKA GALLERY, Los Angeles CA

"Petite Works III" GALLERY 825 ANNEX at Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica CA

"17th Annual Awards Benefit and Exhibition," LA ARTCORE, Los Angeles

"Angels Night" Benefit Auction, CENTER THEATRE GROUP AFFILIATES, Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA


"10th Annual Holiday Group Show", RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY, Santa Monica, California

BARNSDALL MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY, "Silent Auction" Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

"Square Blue Benefit" Square Blue Gallery, Curated by Jamie Wilson, Costa Mesa

Public Art Installation -- Hawthorne Police Department, Hawthorne, CA

"Out of Darkness" PICO RIVERA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, Curator: Georgia Feedman-Harvey, Pico Rivera, Ca


"9th Annual Holiday Group Show", RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY, Santa Monica, California


ANGELS NIGHT Benefit Auction, Beverly Hills, CA

"Lillian Abel, Marla Fields, Ginette Mizraki", LA ARTCORE BREWERY ANNEX, Los Angeles
"skid row artists, reason for existence" (curated by Lillian Abel), LA ARTCORE BREWERY ANNEX, Los Angeles


"Winter Solstice", SCHOMBURG GALLERY, Santa Monica, California

"8th Annual Holiday Group Show", RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY, Santa Monica, California

"Ethereal Forms - Lillian Abel" Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica, California

"Minds Island 1st Annual Juried Art Show" Galleries of Pen & Brush Club, New York City, 2001


"Barnsdall Art Park Targets: Art Crawl 4", BARNSDALL MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY, Curated by Michael L. Miller, Los Angeles

"46th Exhibition" ART SHARE LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles, CA

"44th Exhibition" ART SHARE LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles, CA


"Przestrzenie metafizyczne - Lillian Abel" Galerii Temporary Contemporary "Krakow 2000" Krakow, Poland

"Competition Exhibition 2000", SAN LUIS OBISPO ART CENTER, San Luis Obispo, CA Juror: Elizabeth Gerber, Crocker Art Museum

"Made in California", CITY OF BREA GALLERY/Juried Invitational Exhibition, Juror Martin Betz


Charity Burnett, Lake Balboa, CA

Davyd Whaley and Norman Buckley, Los Angeles

Barry Zito, San Diego

Bob Crewe, Los Angeles CA

Elinor Turner, Beverly Hills  CA

Xorin Balbes, Sowden House, Los Angeles, CA

Paul Lussier Company, Hollywood, CA

Susan Camiel,  The Bond House,  San Diego, CA

Ellie Blankfort, Los Angeles, CA

The Walker Art Collection, Garnett, Kansas

SRO Housing Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Lawry Smith, Director, La MaMa Galleria, New York NY

Elizabeth Hastings Peterfreund, NY, NY

Margaret Thomsen/Thomsen Gallery/Tappan NY

Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation, New York NY


“Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists: What Are You Saving from Extinction?” by Karrie Ross (Author) Betty Brown (Foreword), Be It Now, Inc (October 23, 2013)

"Energy" Exhibition Catalog; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Howard Fox

Los Angeles Art Association, 2009 Catalog, Sammy Hoi, Juror

Art In Southern California (2009, Project Concept and Coordinator Irina D. Costache, Ph.D., Professor of Art History) "Insight/Inside LA" Exhibit, Jose Drudis-Biada Gallery at Mount Saint Mary’s College Curator: Jode Baral, CD Catalog

Eleventh Annual Los Angeles Art Show - Five Centuries of Art, Exhibition Catalog, p. 117
(Santa Monica, CA, 2006)

MAC 21
Feria Internacional De Arte Contemporaneo (Marbella, Spain, 2002)

Architecture & Business, December 2000 (Krakow, Poland)

Invited to publish in "California Artists Directory", October 1998

Alexandria Museum of Art, 1998 September Exhibition Catalog

Recent Exhibits

Lillian Abel participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2015 New Work by Lillian Abel and Robin Parsons
Groundspace Project
Dec, 2014 Groundspace Project Holiday Art Show and Party!
Groundspace Project
Oct, 2014 October, 2014 Air Dates for Humble Beauty
Public Television Stations nationwide
Apr, 2014 haleArts Presents a Group Show
Hale Arts Space
Feb, 2014 Habitual
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Nov, 2013 Small Works
Ruth Bachofner Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Lillian Abel
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