Visionart Art: Isaac Abrams

Visionary Artist

Isaac Abrams

Visual Matrix – Internal
Oil on Canvas. 55″ x 63″ (139.9cm x 160cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

“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.” (

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.

Tree of Life One
Oil on Canvas. 63″ x 92″ (162.5cm x 231cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

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.

Walking Through Oneness
Oil on Canvas. 48″ x 63″ (122cm x 160cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

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.

Red One
Oil on Canvas. 48″ x 63″ (122cm x 160cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007
Meta Morphic Overdrive 1
Oil on Canvas. 54″ x 66″ (137cm x 167.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006

Meta Morphic Overdrive 2
Oil on Canvas. 47″ x 58″ (119cm x 147cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006
A Psychedelic Observation II
Oil on Canvas. 40″ x 48″ (101.5cm x 122cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007
A Tiger In the Garden
Oil on Canvas. 40″ x 40″ (101.6cm x 101.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006
Night Swimming In An Electric Sea
Oil on Canvas. 32″ x 32″ (81cm x 81cm)
Isaac Abrams 2005
A Dancing Wu-Li Master
Oil on Canvas. 32″ x 36″ (81cm x 91.5cm)
Isaac Abrams 2005
A Psychedelic Observation
Oil on Canvas. 36″ x 40″ (91.5cm x 101.5cm)
Isaac Abrams 2005
Micro Travels
Micro Travels I Graphite on Paper 2005 23.25″ x 32.25″ (59cm x 82cm)
By Isaac Abrams
Oil on Canvas. 40″ x 40″ (101.6cm x 101.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006
Oil on Canvas. 36″ x 40″ (91.5cm x 101.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006

More on Isaac Abrams

Isaac Abrams The Shape of the Mind. Published by FYR Arte Comtempoanea, Firenze Italy.

4 thoughts on “Visionart Art: Isaac Abrams

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    1. Hi Frances

      I certainly remember you!!! Who could forget carrying you over the puddle and you looking at me & saying “no man has lifted me up like that since I was 16” … And the rest

      Cree (not Bree) is alive and well and married
      and living in New Orleans. possibly at

      I still think of you Love Isaac

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