Ivor Abrahams is an artist who has worked through 5 decades using as his imagery gardens, cityscapes, mythlogies, the human figure & animals. His use of materials for Sculpture & Prints range from traditional to contemporary including Flock fibre, Epoxy, Paper foam, Styrene, Ceramic, Steel and Bronze. His approach has always been experimental and innovative.

orginal-rape-of-the-sabineIn  1998 i was commissioned to replace the missing statue of a 18th century copy Of Giambologna, Rape of the Sabines.
Prince Charles & lord Palombo where running the Painshill park trust. Renovation was undertaken of the original 18th century garden where most of the important  sites such at the grotto Gothic tower and the copy of the statue designed by a dutch sculptor Avander Nost  it the late 18th century . Lord Hameltons garden fell into disrepair. The Sabine group was lost(stolen for its metal).
For this purpose  i was sent to Florence to study the original to replace the missing sculpture. To study the gesso model in the Academia. A scaffold was erected for Evelyne ( my wife) and I to aid our measuring and photographing of the piece.


This information was eventually brought back to the AB foundry. An Armature was built after 6 weeks and with difficulty i completed in modelling in clay.
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During the process of modelling the Sabine group I was at Painshill to find out how Giambologna had devised the complex movement. Especially the top figure, of the Sabine woman.

dancers1 dancers2For this purpose I used two young dancers who tried for me to reproduce the movement in a static held position, Which proved heavily impossible.
I therefore deduced that the movement was done actually in motion. The males figure sweeping up the female arresting momentarily at the top of the sweep when she was at her lightest point.



model-finished-in-plasterA plaster cast was made  and taken out to Painshill to try it out on the original base.




From this plaster a bronze cast was made and eventually erected on the original plinth.

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In more recent times because the mould’s were starting to show deterioration  it was decided to make a second cast which was presented to Birmingham university by the art fund in 2013.

sculpture-baseA copy of the original base is currently being made and will eventually be set outside the Barber institute.


bookcoverJust published a new book entitled Owly Worldy Book.  The book has no text,rather it is action led with a cinematic style link in from double page to double page.

There is a lot of movement diagonally with some pages punctuating the images with a vertical emphasis.

This book is available free in  digital download form and a professional printed published and signed copies are available apron request at £6.50 + p+p.
The pdf is best viewed with two pages per screen to capture the effect of the published book.

Download Owly Worldy Book PDF Here

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owl artowl art processmost recent completed  cut-out owl with the original maquette

Here are some shots of the studio tables.
Quizical owl is in the process of production through the various stages and materials.
The final piece is in metal with applied Decal ( transfer).
The original is made up as a collage, then in card for templates and finally is cut out in aluminium with transfer of the image appliedP1020045P1020034P1020040P1020029P1020039
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newspicFeaturing recent exhibitions & new works, together with sculptures, prints ,books & films from the past 5 decades.
Access to works in progress in the studio regularly updated to allow interactivity with the Artist.