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Seas of Surrealism

Call me Ishmael… and call him Abraham. While wailing one winter along the craggy shores of Santa Cruz I heard tall-tales of a painter so hardy and resolute, so clever, so scrupulous that he was claimed to be the finest of the Pacific. Some claimed him as the long, lost spawn of Caravaggio while others believe him to be the bastard child of Poseidon and Jules Verne. In any case, it turns out Ryan Abraham is a fine painter and craftsman, indeed. He is currently known to have dropped anchor in the wharf of the infamously lewd Barbary Coast of San Francisco where he serves as a beacon of hope in the fierce currents of the conceptual art  scene at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Using his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to layer paint with the care akin to a seaman varnishing the mermaid on his clipper ship, Captain Abraham is an up-and-coming visionary. His current work blends some local lore with his usual attention to anatomical exactitude into a delightfully bizarre feast at least five thousand leagues tastier than your days ration of rum and salted pork. Luckily for the nautically robust legacies of N.C. Wyeth  and Winslow Homer, the Captain is never known to drift too far from the likes of Salvador Dali, René Magritte , or some of the other crusty old salts on the seas of Surrealism. I’d say it's certain we’ll be hearing of this swabbie again soon as he parades on from port to port with but his oil paints and desire to depict the unspeakable.

As any good sailor (or painter for that matter) would tell you “when you finally kick a bad bout of scurvy you don’t have any limes left for your gin and tonnies.”

 

Ryan Abraham | Santa Cruz Mountains, CA | Age 20

Survived 179 days on the open sea by drinking mermaid tears and painting with turtle blood.

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