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John Phillip Abbott explores the relationship between text and images with a grid-like structure  interweaving with words that serve as images above concepts. The construction is visually intense, the structures challenge comprehension and present itself as a puzzle between “reading” and “seeing”. The starting point is the word itself and its meaning as it refers to the artist's past experiences and memories, actualized in words. 

The actual process of painting for Abbott may be seen as a journey of gradual detachment from the meaning of the word. Or, put differently, his creative process is a passage: from “reading” to “seeing”. Once completed, the viewer will be invited to follow the same path, only backwards, from “seeing” to “reading”. What will be read remains enigmatic due to the autobiographical nature of the words. 


b. 1975, Wausau, Wisconsin, USA

Lives and Works in Silver City, New Mexico, USA




2007      University of Wisconsin, Madison, M.F.A.                

2006      Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy            

2002      Western New Mexico University, B.F.A.            


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*solo shows marked by asterisk)


2019    *The Zen Paintings, Gleichapel, Paris, France

2018    Power Ts 2018, Pierogi Gallery, New York City, NY

            *Desert Flower, COUNTY Gallery, Palm Beach, FL 

2017    Under the Paving Stones, Far x Wide, Brooklyn, NY

            Small Paintings, COUNTY Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2016    Group Show, COUNTY Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

            Untitled, Pierogi, Miami Beach, FL

            *On Any Sunday, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            *Turquoise Sunset, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

2015    Untitled, Pierogi, Miami Beach, FL

            Off the Grid, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            Ducks, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA 

            (I’d like to suggest) Linger On, Chicago, IL 

            *Gold Paintings, Calendar-Calendar, Albuquerque, NM

            PRTY PPL, Circuit 12, Dallas, TX, curated by Josh Reames

            The Two States of W.W., Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Andrew Prayzner

2014    *I Shall Be Free No. 10, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland 

            Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            Ducks, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Ryan Travis Christian 

            Diamonds and Doughnuts, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 

            This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT,               curated by Cary Smith

            Spring Benefit Auction, Novella Gallery, New York City, NY

2013    Cypher, The Shinx, New York City, NY curated by Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow 

            Eight Ball, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

            Sleight of Hand, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Noah Post

            Goddess, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 

            Reason & Romance, 6b gallery, Elingen, Belgium, curated by Alain Biltereyst

2012    You Were Here, Curating Contemporary, curated by Peter Shear 

            My Idea of Fun, Ebers Moore, Chicago, IL, curated by Mike Rea

2011    Le Salon Du Dessin Contemporain/ Drawing Now, Paris, France

2010    Access & Paradox, Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France

            Hidden, Galerie Van der Stegen, Paris, France

2009    Je t’aime Skye Boutin, Two person show with Pesce Khete, Galerie Van der Stegen, Paris,             France

            SLICK Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France

            Home ‘n Gone, Galerie Van der Stegen, Paris, France 

            Analagous, juried by Lucy Lippard, Runnels Gallery, ENMSU, Portales, NM