Abby Sangiamo Drawings & Paintings

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Drawings & Paintings

8.5 x 11 inches, 520 pages
ISBN: 978-1-52462-357-9
published by authorHouse

“Whenever I begin a series I have a rough idea how the first piece will look but none at all about the last, years later, down the road. When a series loses its will to accommodate new ideas I give it up and move on. The frontal portrait series lasted through eight years and several hundred works, until ‘81, but a few years ago, inspired by tattoos as personal narrative, I breathed new life into some long forgotten pieces from that series that struck me as needy… and ready for dramatic change.”

Drawings & Paintings is an exciting look at Abby Sangiamo’s lifelong journey through marks on paper and canvas with a variety of media. Abby studied under Josef Albers and graduated with his MFA from Yale University School of Art & Architecture in 1956. Shortly after graduation, he accepted a teaching position at Morgan State College. Abby moved on to teach at the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) in the early ’60s. He retired after 44 incredible years of mentoring students and chairing four departments at MICA; foundation, painting, drawing and general fine arts.


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Family Album

inspired by family photos, childhood memories & births of my sons


various works ranging from the 1960s to the 2000s


“animals don’t sit for portraits”

Portraits 1971–1972

“asymmetry is a perfect metaphor for the condition of being human”


created in the 1970s & embellished throughout the 2000s

Portraits 2

imaginary, double & three-quarter length portraits

Fruit in a Dish

solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art


mark making with oil sticks & turpentine on butchers paper

At the Beach

two series from the 1980s to the 2000s


“I saw each tree as a living sculpture consisting of a specific interaction between shaped masses and directional thrusts”



“what happens in a sketchbook stays in a sketchbook, but not always…”

Drawings & Paintings

soft & hard cover versions available online & at your favorite booksellers