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Mr Ivor Abrahams

Ivor Abrahams (1935-2015) was a British sculptor renowned for his distinctive and thought-provoking works that transcended traditional boundaries. Born on July 24, 1935, in Wigan, Lancashire, Abrahams demonstrated an early passion for art, which ultimately led him to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1951 to 1956. During his formative years, Abrahams was influenced by the dynamic cultural landscape of post-war Britain.

Abrahams initially gained recognition in the 1960s, a period marked by significant artistic experimentation. His sculptures often featured human and animal forms, abstracted and transformed into fantastical, almost surreal compositions. The artist's unique ability to blend realism with abstraction set his work apart and contributed to the evolving language of contemporary sculpture.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Abrahams continued to push artistic boundaries, experimenting with materials such as bronze, wood, and stone. His interest in the human form persisted, but his sculptures became more fragmented and symbolic, reflecting a deeper exploration of the complexities of human existence and emotion.

Throughout his career, Ivor Abrahams exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom and internationally, gaining acclaim for his innovative and challenging sculptures. Notable exhibitions include solo shows at the Marlborough Gallery in London and New York, as well as participation in major group exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale.

Abrahams also left a lasting impact on the art world through his academic contributions. He held teaching positions at various institutions, including the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where he influenced and inspired a new generation of sculptors.

The sculptor's legacy endures through the numerous public and private collections that house his works, including the Tate Gallery in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the British Museum. Abrahams' sculptures continue to be celebrated for their ability to challenge perceptions and evoke a range of emotions.

Ivor Abrahams passed away on January 6, 2015, leaving behind a rich artistic legacy that continues to captivate and inspire both seasoned art enthusiasts and those discovering his work for the first time.


  1. "Ivor Abrahams: Sculpture and Drawings 1955-2002" by David Mitchinson, Lund Humphries Publishers, 2003.
  2. "Ivor Abrahams: Sculpture and Works on Paper" exhibition catalog, Marlborough Gallery, 2010.
  3. Tate. (n.d.). "Ivor Abrahams 1935–2015." Retrieved from