John Phillip Abbott

Assistant Professor, Painting & Drawing

John Phillip Abbott

Assistant Professor, Painting & Drawing

Wausau, Wisconsin born John Phillip Abbott has exhibited internationally and most recently at Gleichapel in Paris, France; COUNTY Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; Galerie Bertrand in Geneva, Switzerland; and Pierogi, New York and was included in an exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut.

Abbott makes text-based paintings that operate between the space of reading and seeing. His words and titles are grounded in memory or personal experience. They allow for multiple readings and poetic rumination. The letters, which reference the Minimalist grid, are sometimes interrupted and partly camouflaged by layers of striped patterns and expressive plumes of pigment. The words become stand-ins for the objects or places they describe, and the colors and patterns add layers of synaesthetic associations.

Abbott currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of New Mexico. He graduated with an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 2007 and has since held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, Fort Lewis College, and Western New Mexico University.

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