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Justin Abelman

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About Justin

Justin Abelman

Justin was born and raised in Johannesburg from Eastern European decent.His grandparents on both sides of the family came from Lithuania and Latvia in 1897.

He started Spanish dancing at the age of seven. At 25 he travelled to Madrid and studied all forms of Spanish Dance for one year at the Amor de dias Studio's under the leading teachers of the time. He then joined the Carmen Mora Spanish Dance company based in Madrid and toured extensively for the next two years as a soloist dancer. On his return to South Africa, he joined the Mercedes Molina Spanish Dance company as lead dancer, dancing under the name of Juan Amaya and performing in several TV productions for the SABC as well as dancing throughout South Africa. He continued his dancing career until the age of 43 and then decided to hang up his castanets and concentrate on his painting career.

Justin Started painting at the age of 10. On matriculating, he studied graphic design at the Johannesburg School of Art. On completing his studies, he worked as a designer in both Johannesburg and London for a leading advertising agency. His international travels have taken him to, amongst other countries, Eastern Europe and America, where he was greatly influenced by the Naive school of painting. He has participated in several group exhibitions, and in 1983 had his first solo exhibition. This was followed by a successful exhibition in Greenwich Villiage, New York in 1985. He has works hanging in private collections in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Stockholm, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, London, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Auckland,Brussels and Berlin.
Subsequently, he has held many one man exhibitions in Johannesburg and Cape Town resulting in a vast array of commissions for private buyers as well as gallery owners. His work illuminates the Wooltru boardroom in Cape Town, as well as Virgin Atlantic Airways offices in Johannesburg.
He has had work sold at Christies in London and has painted two pictures for Swedish Actress Britt Ekland for her private collection in Los Angeles.

His paintings have graced the covers of Readers Digest and 16 of his works have been reproduced as a series for upmarket greeting cards.

Justins paintings are happy colourful, and fun, paying special attention to detail, choosing his subject matter from every day happenings as well as creating situations in his mind which he translates onto canvas. A little red heart is hidden in all his paintings.

Naive art is a manifestation of joy, taking us back into the Garden of Eden where all life began. The purity and beauty has been stolen from many of us by the intellect.

The popularity of his art is understandable. He brings ease and modesty to his work, planting the seeds for an intimate and celebratory way of seeing the contemporary world.
Justin responds to life by portraying it in its simplicity ,naivety, and humour.

Justin resides and paints in Johannesburg.

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US$ 165-1,464



1983 Solo Exhibition, Trevor Coleman Gallery Johannesburg
1983 Group exhibition, Arts Festival Hyde Park Corner Johannesburg
1983 Group exhibition, Sandton Arts Festival Johannesburg
1984 Group exhibition, Trevor Coleman Gallery Johannesburg
1984 Solo Exhibition, Greenwich Village Gallery, New York, USA
1984 Group Exhibition, Willem Annandale Gallery, Lichtenburg
1984 Two Person exhibition Killarney Mall Johannesburg
1985 Group exhibition Visual Arts Gallery Johannesburg
1985 Solo exhibition, Greenwich Village Gallery, New York, USA
1986 Group exhibition Benoni public Library
1986 Solo exhibition Crake Gallery Johannesburg
1986 Group exhibition Crake Gallery Johannesburg
1987 Group exhibition Crake Gallery Johannesburg
1987 Solo exhibition Gallery 709 Cape Town
1987 Group exhibition, Natalie Knight Gallery, Johannesburg
1988 Group exhibition,KWV Centre,Hyde Park,Johannesburg.
1988 Group exhibition Chelsea Gallery Cape Town
1988 Group exhibition Strack van Schyndel Gallery Johannesburg
1988 Solo exhibition Strack van Schyndel Gallery Johannesburg
1989 Group exhibition Strack van Schyndel Gallery Johannesburg
1989 Group exhibition Crake Gallery Johannesburg
1989 Solo exhibition Strack van Schyndel Gallery Johannesburg
1990 Group exhibition Strack van Schyndal Gallery Johannesburg
1992 Group exhibition Wedgewood Gallery Johannesburg
1993 Group exbition Parkhurst Gallery Johannesburg
1994/5 Group exhibition Spring Arts Festival, Summer Place, Johannesburg
1994 untill 2013 ongoing works hanging at Cheri De Villiers Gallery,Hyde Park,Johannesburg
1996 Group exhibition Liz Turpin Gallery, Johannesburg
1997 Solo exhibition Gallery Mezzo, Johannesburg
1999 Group exhibition, State Theatre Gallery, Pretoria
2000 Group exhibition Hyde Park Gallery, Johannesburg
2008 Group exhibition, Israeli Celebration, Beyachard, Johannesburg
2008 Group exhibition,White House Gallery,Johannesburg.
2013 Group Exhibition, Cherie de Villiers Gallery, Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg
2013 Group exhibition, Art at Constantia Gallery, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Cape Town.
2014 Solo Exhibition,Great Park Synagogue Gallery,Houghton,Johannesburg
2015..Gallery On Riviera.Killarney Mall, Johannesburg.Paintings on permanent display.


National Diploma Graphic Design, Johannesburg School of Art

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