Isaac Abrams was born in 1939 and raised in New York City. With a background in academics ranging from literature, history, science and psychology, Abrams suddenly turned to painting in 1965 after his first experience with LSD at the Dream Factory in Brooklyn.
With no formal training in painting he set out to forge his own path and was the first artist to declare his work “Psychedelic art.” With the support of Dr. Timothy Leary, Isaac opened the world’s first Psychedelic art gallery on June 2, 1965, with the CODA Gallery. By 1968, Isaac was in full flight when Robert Masters and Jean Houston published Psychedelic Art and chose his painting All Things Are One for the cover. This book, a must-have for Psychedelic art enthusiasts today, cemented his status as the Godfather of the Psychedelic art movement. The Chambers Project makes it a priority to honor the forerunners of the Psychedelic art movement.
This week, the gallery was to be hosting Isaac’s first show at the gallery, Illuminations, featuring a wide range of works dating back to the seminal era of the late 1960s as well as some new works finished recently.
Illuminations was to open at The Chambers Project in Nevada City on April 17, 2020 and be on view through June 1, 2020. We will keep you updated on the show as news emerges.