“Isaac Abrams was born and raised in the New York area. He is a self-taught artist with an academic background in literature, history, science and psychology. He founded the first gallery of Psychedelic Art in the world in 1965. He began working as a self-taught painter in the beginning of 1966. He began working as a sculptor in the 1970’s. He began extensive work as an animation artist in 1981. He has always painted.” (http://www.isaacabrams.com/biography.html)
Isaac Abrams is an elder of the psychedelic art movement and has had many exhibitions in major galleries throughout the world. He started CODA gallery which was the first gallery to feature psychedelic art. He began sculpting in the 1970 in Santa Fe. Starting in the 1980’s he began to display multimedia artwork for raves and large dance hall events in collaboration with his son. These multimedia performances stopped once the New York dance and rave scene was shut down through city ordinances. In 1995 he designed and created a 10-minute computer animated film for the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY. In 1996 and in 1997, he developed two more computer-animated videos for the Kaleidoscope, entitled, “Peace on Earth,” and “Spring (Metamorphosis)”. He has created many hundreds of paintings in his career, some of the most recent examples are posted here. He has been committed to art in its many forms and is one of the founders of psychedelic art.
Until his first LSD session in 1965 at the Dream Laboratory in Brooklyn with Psychologist Stanley Krippner, Isaac Abrams did not consider himself an artist. After that mind-expanding event, he began to paint and his paintings displayed an intensely individual and vivid style. He started painting because he had a unique vision of what psychedelic art would look like. His images are dream like images display oceanic, microscopic and cosmic images. When speaking of his work he describes it as being realistic and it portrays the unity of the universe and the interconnectedness of nature through macro and microcosm united upon the canvas.
Psychedelic literally means “mind manifesting” and art of a psychedelic nature is art which makes manifest the realities of the mind. The multivalent levels of the mind are often indescribable and many artist throughout time have attempted to show these inner mind states to others using art. Isaac Abrams has shown a unique personal vision expressing the depths of the mind with images and symbols of the dream like nature of the mind. He shows how the inner and outer realities, the personal and the other, the micro and the macrocosm are interrelated and inseparable.
More on Isaac Abrams
Isaac Abrams The Shape of the Mind. Published by FYR Arte Comtempoanea, Firenze Italy.