Peter Abrahams “Untitled”


Black and White Print “Untitled”, signed and dated '80.

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artist: Peter Abrahams (Born 1958)


We would like to thank the artist himself for authenticating this work.

The artist is a British visual artist based in London. He works with photographic media, painting and printmaking.


The still-life photographs are constructed in the studio and investigate properties and materials of common objects which have little conventional value. These objects are often sourced from charity shops or pound-stores so that their origins are either uncertain or they are the products of cheap labour.


The Active and Contemplative Life compositions are vertical diptychs which pair workers, often in the financial district of the City of London, with the overlooked spaces and substances of the urban environment. They are meditations on the status of work, on the hierarchy of people and spaces, and on the different speeds of visual perception. Through the doubling of the imagery, new critical interpretations are made possible and in the words of the anthropologist Christopher Pinney, the “series is constructed on the visual presence in their lower registers of an underneath”.


Forms of Value and Threshold continue in single images, an analysis of the costume and gestures of white-collar workers in the public space, and commonplace details of the city.


Peter Abrahams studied painting at Camberwell School of Art 1979-81 and at the Royal Academy Schools 1981-84.


Words and Pictures, an object-based art magazine published by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, issue 5, 1996.
Christopher Pinney, ‘sic transit gloria mundi’, Peter Abrahams: Double-Space (exh. cat.), Eagle Gallery, EMH Arts, London, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9554046-8-9


Iwona Blazwick, Kirsty Ogg, The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery 2012. ISBN 978-0-85488-206-9
Michael Petry, Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, London, Thames and Hudson, 2013. ISBN 978-0-500-23906-3


Peter Abrahams’ work is in the following collections:

  • The British Museum
  • The Whitechapel Gallery
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
  • The Hiscox Collection
  • British Arts Centre, Buenos Aires
  • British Land
  • Linklaters
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Keele
  • Royal London Hospital
  • London Borough of Brent
  • One Aldwych
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Dimensions 26.67 × 21.59 cm
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