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In 1937, while on a working holiday in Jamaica, Augustus John, the iconic British artist, encouraged Abrahams to begin painting professionally. Abrahams taught himself to paint through self-study courses and manuals and by copying masterpieces from art books.
The National Gallery of Jamaica said of his monumental series of 20 paintings of The Passion of Christ that "the devout sentiment of a true believer marked Abrahams as Jamaica and the Caribbean's finest religious painter."
His final decades saw few new developments in his style and he often repeated or created variations on many of his earlier paintings. Abrahams died peacefully at his home in 2005 of cancer and a brain tumor.
- Last Supper
- Destruction of Port Royal
- Woman I Must Be About My Father's Business
- Adam and Eve
- Thirteen Israelites
- The Henry Ford Show
- Pan and His Musicians
- Backyard Preacher
- The Hand of Columbus
- The Ascension
- Royal Air Force (RAF) Award
- New York Critics Award
- Silver Musgrave Medal of the Institution of Jamaica
- Order of Distinction (Jamaica)
- Gold Musgrave Medal of The Institution of Jamaica (1987)
- "Musgrave Awardees". Institute of Jamaica. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Veerle Poupeye. Caribbean Art. London; Thames and Hudson; 1998.
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