~ Abe's Story ~
This is the Folk Art of Abe Partridge from the cultural ghetto of Mobile, Alabama. I left Mobile when I was 18 in pursuit of a Theological education. I attended 4 bible colleges in 4 years... partly because I couldn't follow rules, partly because I knew better. I became a pastor of a small Independent Baptist Church in the Appalachians of Eastern Kentucky at 25 years old. When I was 27 years old I became acquainted with a horrible depression. I left the ministry and turned to Art. I have wrote songs and made paintings like these for years. Only after joining the military and going to war did I decide to begin sharing my art with the world. I never took a songwriting class, nor have I ever had an art class. I always just thought I was weird... Rethink preconceived notions. Question authority. Create new methods of survival. See beauty. - Abe
~ The Process ~
Abe's art work is made with roofing tar that is thinly applied to ply wood, musical instruments, old damaged vinyl records, and whatever else he can stick tar on. It is cured for 30 days then he carves his images in the tar with a screw driver or an ice pick. Finally, he paints the tar with acrylic paints and seals it with a clear acrylic automotive sealer.
ABE WENT PUBLIC WITH HIS ART IN FEBRUARY 2018. SINCE THEN, HIS ART HAS BEEN IN
The Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
The Alabama Contemporary Art Center - “Urban Wild” Exhibit
Ashland Art Gallery, Mobile, AL
Lupercalia Art Society, Mobile, AL
The University of South Alabama Mary Elizabeth & Charles Rodning Gallery of Art
Blue Giraffe Gallery, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL - “Art of Resistance” Exhibit
Berea Arts Council Gallery, Berea, KY
The Orphanage Gallery, Dayton, OH
Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, Montrose, CO
Indo Nashville Art/Music showcase for 2019 Americana Music Fest, Nashville, TN
Gallery 378 Atlanta, GA - “Lost: But Found” Exhibit
Monet Monet - Grayton Beach, FL
Best Mixed Media Artist - 2019 Lagniappe Readers' Choice Awards
Art appearance in the 2019 film "Dr Sleep" (The sequel to Stephen King's "The Shinning"). Abe's art, " The Cowboys", was on a t-shirt worn by actor Robert Longstreet.
Documentary on Alabama Public Television's " Monograph" (airing in March 2020)
Abe Has a large scale mural in the old Crystal Ice House in Mobile, AL
Abe's art has been on the beer cans of Haint Blue Brewing Co., Mobile, AL
Abe has a mural at Hatch Camp and Art Farm, Clayton, GA
Official poster artist for 2019 South Sounds Music Festival
Mike Wolfe (American Pickers) - owns 4 original paintings
Abe has also been a guest lecturer at high schools across the south, and at Eastern Kentucky University.
ABE is accepting commissions!
Please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
PAINTINGS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
TO SEE CURRENT INVENTORY OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE, PLEASE CONTACT ABE AT ALABAMAASTRONAUT@YAHOO.COM.
Join the Alabama Astronaut Art Club (at the menu link above) where Abe makes his original pieces available first.