Our Place of Love Original by Michael Abrams
At a parents meeting in 1969 when I was eight years old, my junior school teacher Mrs Knight asked my parents a searching question – ‘Is anyone in your family artistic?’ Although intrigued they both could not recall anyone on either side of my family ever having any artistic ability and so could not throw light on why my teacher thought I had a creative streak. It is still a mystery to this day.
Although I was very average at most school subjects I relished the chance to paint and draw in the art classes. At a time when most teachers and pupils didn’t take art classes very seriously I would arrive early for the lesson and make sure everyone had paper and pencils ready and all the powder paints were topped up and ready to go. This was so no painting time was wasted with children mucking around and I could enjoy a full afternoon being creative.
After leaving school, Michael worked as a fork lift driver for ten years. During that time he worked in the evenings as a freelance greeting card artist, developing techniques and ideas, working with all the major Greeting card publishers
Success in this area meant that he was finally able to follow his dreams and become a full-time artist in 1990.
Since then Michael has worked and exhibited in New Work and designed a full range of ceramics for Wedgwood featuring one of his teddy bear characters. Michael continues to see his fine art featured in galleries and homes in the UK and around the world.