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ODelle Abney

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20110517093612-desert
DESERT, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
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EXPLORE, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
20110517094023-frontier
FRONTIER, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
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GLOBAL, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
20110517094248-turquoise
TURQUOISE, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
20110517094342-vegas
VEGAS, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
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VICTORY, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
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SPLIT, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24"
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LEMONADE, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 33" X 24" X 3"
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01, 2017 Wood Panel / Acrylic On Canvas / Plexiglass / El Wire 24" X 20" X 1.5"
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02, 2017 Wood Panel / Acrylic On Canvas / Plexiglass / El Wire 24" X 20" X 1.5"
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03, 2017 Wood Panel / Acrylic On Canvas / Plexiglass / El Wire 24" X 20" X 1.5"
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04, 2017 Wood Panel / Acrylic On Canvas / Plexiglass / El Wire 24" X 20" X 1.5"
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05, 2017 Wood Panel / Acrylic On Canvas / Plexiglass / El Wire 24" X 20" X 1.5"
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Pittsburgh, PA
Birth year
1946
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Representing galleries
World Fine Art Gallery
Tags
abstract
Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

Starting with graduate school at Carnegie-Mellon University, I have always been strongly influenced by color field painters, like Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Lewis, Larry Poons, Paul Jenkins and the like.  This lead to a number of series throwing paint, which let paint do what it does naturally and learning to dialogue with the paint in a mutual understanding of being natural on the journey to discovering ones own uniqueness.

BIOGRAPHY

After getting his Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, he was quickly picked up by King Pitcher Gallery in Pittsburgh, who placed his work in prominent collections like Jones and Laughlin Steel, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries and Bidwell Cultural Center.  He then moved to New York where his work was placed in the collection of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

He then started Abney Galleries, an artist collective, in Soho for five years, then moved to Chelsea where he opened World F‌ine Art Gallery for the next 10 years.  The gallery closed it's doors in 2010 and he became an artist agent and continued painting a new series of artworks entitled "CANVAS ON CANVAS" where he expanded on his past work using folded layers of poured color patterns.  He says, "By letting paint do what paint does, I am able to experience the natural flow of nature, be it microscopic, aerial or global, the view is the same."  He continues to live and work in New York.

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

Jul 26 - 30, 2016  
Phoenix Gallery - 2nd Annual WFA Exhibition - Group Show, Chelsea, NY
Mar 17 - Apr 23,
2016  
Hudson Guild Gallery - The Somewhere Project - Group Exhibition, NY
Dec 2 - 4, 2015  
Paul Kolker WFA Agency Artists - Group Exhibition, NY
July 7 - 12, 2015  
Phoenix Gallery - Contemporary Visions Group Show, Chelsea, NY
Jan 20 - Feb 13, 2015  
Pleiades Gallery - Small Works Show - Group Exhibition, Chelsea, NY
Dec 16 - Jan 23, 2015  
Skylight Gallery - "Contemporary Visions" - Group Exhibition, Chelsea, NY
Nov 25, 2013  
Phoenix Gallery - Cocktail Fundraiser Benefit - Guest Artist - New York, NY
Jul 20 - 27, 2013  
SpaceWomb Gallery - Transformation - Group Exhibition - New York, NY
Sep 1 - 15, 2012  
Brenda Taylor Gallery, World Fine Art Group - Group Exhibition - New York,
Aug 28 - 31, 2012  
Brenda Taylor Gallery, (Solo Exhibition) - New York, NY
Jul 14 - Sep 27, 2012  
Berkeley College Brooklyn Gallery - World Fine Art Group
Jan 2 - 28, 2012  
Berkeley College Gallery (Solo Exhibition ) - New York, NY
Nov 04 - 19, 2011  
Rush Art Gallery, Bombay Sapphire, (NY Finalist) New York, NY
Apr 13 - 16, 2011  
Rogue Gallery / Spring Show - Group Exhibition - New York, NY
Mar 16 - 20, 2011  
The Artist Project - Pier 92, New York, NY
1992- 2010  
World Fine Art Gallery - Gallery Owner / Director

1986  The Port Authority of  New York and New Jersey 
          1 World Trade Center, New York, NY
1986  Cafe Americano (Solo Exhibition), New York, NY
1976  University 
Gallery , Penn State University, Philadelphia, PA
          Bicentennial Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA
1975  Faculty Show, Ivy School of Professional Art, Pittsburgh, PA 
          Westmoreland County Museum
Greemsburg, PA 
          Cultural Center, Penn State University, Pittsburgh, PA 
          KingPitcher Gallery (Solo Exhibition), Pittsburgh, PA
1974  Second World Black and African Festival of Art
          University
Museum , Philadelphia, PA
1973  Third Annual Black Artists Exhibit, Selma Burke Art Center, 
          Pittsburgh, PA  
1972  Contemporary Painters Show, Schneider Gallery, Rome, Italy 
1971  Pittsburgh Playhouse Gallery (Solo Exhibition), Pittsburgh, PA 
1970  Point Park College Gallery (Solo Exhibition), Pittsburgh, PA

 

BIOGRAPHY

Owner / Director  2001 - 2010
World Fine Art, Inc.  511 West 25th Street, Suite 508, New York, NY 10001

Owner / Director  1997 - 2001
Contemporary Visions, Inc.  443 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10013
Owner / Director  1992 - 1997
Abney Galleries, Inc.  597 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012
Assistant Director  1990 - 1992
Soho Gallery  560 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Director  1986 - 1989
Corner Gallery  World Trade Center, Ground Floor, New York, NY
Owner  1979 - 1981
O'Delle Abney Gallery & Painting Studio  167 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Gallery Representation  1975 - 1977
KingPitcher Gallery  300 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Military  1967 - 1970
United States Air Force  Honorable Discharge

EDUCATION

1970 - 1975
Carnegie-Mellon University MFA (1975) BFA (1973)
1971 - 1972
Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy (Junior Year)
1964 - 1965
Ivy School of Professional Art, Pittsburgh, PA (Certificate)
1960 - 1964
Rankin High SchoolSELECT

COLLECTIONS (Partial Listing)The Port Authority of New  York and New Jersey, New York, NY

Jones and Laughlin Steel, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries, Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania State University
Ivy School of Professional Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Bidwell Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, PA

HONORS AND AWARDS (Partial Listing)Heinz Scholastic Award, 1973
Educational Opportunity Grant, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1972
Scholarship, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1969 - 1971

Exhibited at these venues
ODelle Abney has Exhibited at these venues: