Abrahams, Carl - Jamaica - Ref# CAB 4

"Wood Cutter" / Oil on Canvas / 17.5"x23"

Carl Myrie Abrahams was born in St Andrew, Jamaica, in 1911.  He was educated at Calabar High School where he received basic art training and,
encouraged by his headmaster Reverend Ernest Price, began to study the work of old masters such as Frans Hals and Sir Frederick Leighton.
On leaving school in 1928, Abrahams started his career as a cartoonist, under the tutelage of Cliff Tyrell, one of the pioneering cartoonists in Jamaica. Abrahams soon contributed regularly to local publications such as the Gleaner, the West Indian Review and WISCO magazine.  The English painter August John, who visited Jamaica in 1937, encouraged him to take up painting.  After three years of service in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Abrahams returned to Jamaica and started painting professionally while also continuing as a cartoonist and illustrator.
Carl Abrahams is most acclaimed as a religious painter who somehow managed to combine genuine and deeply felt religious sentiments with irreverent satire.
Carl Abrahams was the recipient of several national honours, including the Order of Distinction and the Gold Musgrave Medal.  His work is well represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Jamaica and he was the first artist to be granted a full retrospective by the NGJ in 1978.
Carl Abrahams passed away in 2005.

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