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international drawing annual 9 exhibition-in-print
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John Sabraw
Athens, Ohio

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Art is the mechanism through which I explore the fundamental metaphysical dilemmas we face as a conscious species. No medium or mode is unconsidered when attacking this pursuit. I look for idiosyncratic connections between things, simultaneous macro and micro events, the compression of time and distance, the glory of our universe, and natural and cosmological processes. This is evident in my large-scale drawings of macro-micro perspectives on nature and chaos. An activist and environmentalist, my paintings, drawings and collaborative installations are produced in an eco conscious manner, and I continually work toward a fully sustainable practice.


born: Lakenheath, England


Northwestern University, MFA 1997
University of Kansas, BFA 1994
Pratt Institute, AOS 1988

selected awards/honors

Baker Award for Research, Ohio University, 2013
CoFA Award for Creative and Scholarly Research, Ohio Univeristy, 2013
Award of Excellence, Art at the X, Xavier University, 2007

selected publications

Pope, Laurence. Painting With Polluntants. London, UK: New Scientist p. 24-25, 17 August, 2013
Lopez, Ruth. Review: John Sabraw: Arborescent. New York, New York: ARTnews April, 2013
Gambino, Megan. Toxic Runoff Yellow and Other Paint Color Sourced from Polluted Streams. Smithsonian, July, 2013
Brooks, Katherine. Artist Paints With Toxic Sludge In An Effort To Raise Awareness Of Coal Mining Pollution. Huffington Post: August 2013

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Richard M. Ross Art Museum: Luminous, Delaware, Ohio, 2013
Thomas McCormick Gallery: Arborescent, Chicago, Illinois, 2013
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts: Emanate, New York, New York, 2013

selected group shows

New Artist Fair London, London, England, 2013
Openhouse Gallery: Big Lobby Art, New York, New York, 2012
Highland Park Art Center: Fresh Abstraction, Highland Park, Illinois, 2012

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