Artist's Biography

Peter Abraham was born in Queensland in 1926.

He received a Diploma of Art from Brisbane Technical College and was also awarded a Travelling Scholarship to the National Gallery School in Melbourne.

He was recognised as a gifted draughtsman, working as an an illustrator in Victoria for 16 years.

His art career was interrupted by war service in the RAAF.

During his long career, Peter worked as a graphic artist, illustrator and painter, and held many solo exhibitions.

He held his first solo exhibition at the Moreton Galleries in Brisbane in April, 1948 and went on to present more solo shows in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, with his works represented in several galleries including the McInnes Gallery in Brisbane, Tia Galleries in Toowoomba, and the Bayview Gallery in Sydney.

Peter Abraham won the prestigious Crouch Prize in Ballarat in 1962, the Peace Through Prayer Art Prize in Queensland in 1963, and he was also a finalist of the highly acclaimed Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 1963.

Peter Abraham lived for several years in Toowoomba and enjoyed a strong following there as well as being a respected art tutor, and instructing during the Summer Schools programme at the Darling Downs Institute during the 1970’s.

He was also a long time and active member of the Royal Queensland Art Society, participating in exhibitions and being appointed a Fellow of the Society in 2005.  He was active in the Gold Coast branch of the Society and has a Gallery space named in his honour at the society’s branch at Broadbeach.

Peter Abraham has paintings represented at the Queensland Art Gallery, with one of his pieces at the QAG purchased from Peter when he was only 21 years old. Others works by Peter are also held in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as in numerous private collections in Australia and overseas.

Peter Abraham passed away in 2010, aged 84.