Drover and tree

By Gary Abkin

Medium: Oil and water based enamel on plywood

Size: 80cm by 60cm


About the Artist

A Brief History

Gary Abkin was born in northern California in 1967. He studied painting at the California Institute of the Arts and then the San Francisco Art Institute where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. He relocated from California to Queensland in 2003 and he now resides in Ipswich.

Gary has exhibited throughout the United States and Australia. In 2004 and 2010 he was invited to exhibit in Sacramento, California at Pamela Skinner Gallery and more recently in 2022 at the A.K Bellinger Gallery. The artist has also exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Palma Rosa Art Gallery, the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize exhibition and his work was toured throughout Queensland by Flying Arts Inc. as part of the Regional Art Award exhibition.

Gary is a prolific maker working across the fields of painting, sculpture and music.


1998 BFA Painting San Francisco Art Institute
1986 Under Grad Painting- California Institute of the Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2022  "On The Range" A.K Bellinger Gallery, Inverell, NSW
2019  "Australia and Australians" First Coat Studios, Toowoomba, Queensland
2018  “Days in the Hide 'beauty is not always a reliable guide to truth'”
2018  Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery, Crows Nest, Queensland
2011  "abkin" The Swich Contemporary Art Space, Ipswich, Queensland
2010  "Inside the Switch" The Cactus Espresso Bar, Ipswich, Queensland
2009  'Meat Inside" The Carthew Gallery, New Farm, Queensland
2003  "Chronic Pamela Skinner Gallery, Sacramento, California
2002  "Under" Sinful Art Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada
2001  *Art and Environment Peckock Art Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada
2000  "Confessions of the Physical" Allied Arts, Bellingham, Washington
2000  "Pretty" 706 Gallery, San Jose, California

Group Exhibitions

2022  "Lethbridge Landscape Prize" Lethbridge Gallery Paddington, Queensland
2019  “Brisbane Portrait Prize” Brisbane, Queensland 
2019  “Derek and Friends” AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell NSW
2019  “Ipswich Art Awards” Ipswich
2015  "LOCAL NOW" Ipswich Art Gallery (until the 27th of November 2015)
2014  Regional Art Award Travelling Exhibition
2013  "Subterfuge" Ipswich Community Gallery, Queensland
2012  ”Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist” Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland
2010  ”Ipswich Art Awards” Ipswich Art Gallery Community Gallery, Queensland
2010  “You Know U Want Art” Skinner Howard Gallery, Sacramento, California
2007  “Opening” Palma Rosa Art Gallery, Hamilton,  Queensland
2006  “The Churchie Finalist”, Brisbane, Queensland
2005  “Fresh Produce” Anno Domini, Sacramento, California
2004  “Works On Paper” Pamela Skinner Gallery, Sacramento, California
2001  “Love And Chaos” the art works, San Jose, California
1999  “Open Studios”, South San Francisco bay artists open studios.
1998  "The Faces Of Woman" Las Vegas arts council, Las Vegas, New Mexico
1998  “Traces Of Landscape" Cafe Babylon, San Jose, California
1998  “Remue-Menage” San Jose City College, San Jose, California
1998  “California National" 750 Gallery, Sacramento, California
1998  "Contemporary Exhibit" San Jose Art League, San Jose, California
1998  "Crocker-Kingsley" Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
1998    "Five Minute Show" Microsoft, San Francisco, California
1998    "Eleven" The Ata Gallery, San Francisco, California
1998   "30th-Biennial Open Competition" San Jose Art League, San Jose, California
1998   "Crocker-Kingsley" Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
1997   "Crocker-Kingsley" Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California

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