Isaac Abrams

Isaac Abrams

Artist Statement

My work derives from a psychedelic involvement with nature. In this sense, it is a form of realism. I do not try to be religious, nor surrealist, nor any other form of creationist art. Instead, I try to reintegrate myself with nature and through my work hope to reintegrate others with nature. The loss of direct, somatic, and all embracing integration with nature is the largest threat to humanity


Isaac Abrams was born and raised in New York City. He is a self-taught artist with an academic background in literature, history, science, and psychology. He went to Berlin on his honeymoon to see the Berlin Wall being built.
He discovered psychedelics,
He discovered psychedelics again and again,
He decided there had to be such a thing as psychedelic art.
He climbed a tree with Tim Leary to discuss business
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 1965.
He had his first one man show in 1967.
He went to California and lived on a ranch with real rock stars.
He tried to invent music video in 1970.
He went to Europe for a year. Became friends with the painters of the School of Fantastic Realism
He began working as a sculptor in the 1970’s.
He began extensive work as an animation artist in 1981.
He did Raves with his son’s multi-screen interactive computer animations mixed with live-action.
He has always painted.
Now he is painting all the time.


2013   One man show – Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris
2013   Drawing Now, the exhibition of contemporary drawing’ – Carrousel du Louvre, Paris


2013   Sous influences, products psychtropic – la Maison Rouge, Paris
2012   Visionaries – QCC Art Gallery (City University of NY)
2012   The Society for Art of Imagination – Fantastic & Visionary Art, Vienna
2011   Psychedelic, Visionary and Optical Art – Telfair Museum (Spring)
2010   Psychedelic, Visionary and Optical Art – Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
2010   Psychedelic, Visionary and Optical Art – San Antonio Museum
2008   “Sacred Art” – Haus der Kunst, Munich
2008   “Sacred Art” – Centre Pompidou, Paris
2007   “Summer of Love” – Whitney Museum, NY
2006   “Summer of Love” – Weiner Kunsthall
2005   “Summer of Love” – Schirn Kunsthall, Frankfurt
2005   “Summer of Love” – Tate Gallery, Liverpool
2004   Illustration to Curators essay – Whitney Biennial
2002   Vorpal Gallery – San Francisco, California
1984   Kampo Cultural Center – Kyoto, Japan, New Painting NY USA-Japan Cultural Exchange
1982   Graham Gallery – “New York Visionaries” New York
1982   Omni Magazine Exhibition – Space Art Chicago, Illinois
1979   Quantum Gallery – New York City
1976   Shidoni Sculpture Exhibition – Santa Fe, New Mexico
1976   Astral Landscapes, one man show – Dworkin Gallery
1975   Group Show, Visionary Art – Dworkin Gallery
1972   Galerie McGwire – Vienna, Austria
1971   Whitney Museum – New York (experimental video project)
1971   “Drawing Masters of the 20th Century” – Tate Gallery, London
1971   “New Directions” – Cologne Museum
1970   Galerie Bischofberger – Zurich, Switzerland
1969   Easthampton Gallery – New York City
1968   Galerie Bischofberger – Zurich, Switzerland
1967   Easthampton Gallery – New York City
1967   Galerie Bischofberger – Zurich, Switzerland
1965   First show of Psychedelic Art in the world – CODA Gallery, NYC (Owned by Isaac Abrams)


1998-2002   Rave Works – Free form animations, long form animations in multi-screen formats NYC
1997   Space Journey – 4-minute animation for 2nd largest Kaleidoscope in world
1997   Spring (Metamorphosis) – 12-minute computer animation for the Worlds Largest Kaleidoscope
1996   Peace on Earth – 10-minute computer animation for the Worlds Largest Kaleidoscope
1995   World’s Largest Kaleidoscope – Designed and created World’s Largest Kaleidoscope – 60 foot high with 10-minute animation
1995   Universal Theme Park Project – stop motion animation for Douglas Trumbull, creator of 2001; sculptor designer of major set for the BACK TO THE FUTURE RIDE
1989   Surprise Symphony – Hayden Animation for use in the field of Musical  Education; animator & Producer
1988   Animation The Top 15 of 1750 – Baroque Studies in Motion
1987   ATV – Experimental Ambient Video Project, one-hour animation
1986   Corporate Commission – Merrill Lynch
1985-1986   Artist in Residence – WTZA – Computer works employing �paintbox� and video editing. Created original look and feel of the station
1985   The Allegro from Spring � Vivaldi The Four Seasons – Winner of The CULTURE, SCIENCE & HOBBIES AWARD, of the International Software Fair  Audio Visual Age Show, Tokyo 1988
1985   Spyra Gyra – Music Video animation
1984   Oregon Suite – 30-minute video using abstract animation transferred from film, edited to the music of the Jazz Group Oregon, This work toured Japan as a USA Japan Cultural Exchange. Broadcast on NYC TV
1983   Polyphrenia – 15-minute animation shown at Studio 54, and AIR Gallery
1982   Pyramid Man – 15-minute animation shown at Studio 54, and AIR Gallery
1971   Experimental Video Project – Whitney Museum, NY


Psychedelic Art – Masters and Houston, Grove Press
History of Modern Art – H H Arnason, Abrams Books
Art Through The Ages 6th Edition – De LaCroix & Tansey Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
The Avant-Garde In Modern Painting – August Bazain, Simon & Schuster
New Directions In Modern Painting – Udo Kulterberg, Cologne
Whitney Biennial Catalogue, Curatorial Essay 2004
Summer of Love - Art of The Psychedelic Era Tate Publishing 2005
Traces Du Sacre - The Sacred In Art Publication of the Centre Pompidou, Paris
Psychedelic Optical & Visionary Art San Antonio Museum of Art/ MIT Press