I'm primarily interested in the systems that people use to explain and justify their existence, their successes and failures. This interest has led me into politics, religion, biography, and popular culture as subject matter.
My work is intellectual, ironic, humorous. I try to amuse and challenge the viewer.
I'm not particularly interested in the "Art World," its posturing and hierarchy. I am generally attracted to non-Western art and the art of the untutored or insane.
I like to work in wood and make objects that tell a story. I find painting somewhat limiting and burdened by history.
I enjoy doing commissions for people as they get me out of my mindset and provide an entry into others' orbits.
Abby Levine was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1955. After graduating from Temple University with a B.F.A in 1976, she moved to New York City where she lived for the next five years. She subsequently lived in Massachusetts and St. Louis, returning to New York City in 1985 where she began exhibiting her painting and sculpture and working as an illustrator. Commercial clients included Random House and CBS Records.. She moved to West Texas where she lived from 1993-2006: Abby has shown her work extensively in West Texas, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. She then moved to Mexico to live in a different culture and study its folk traditions.
Abby has lived in Union City, New Jersey since September of 2008, and done commissioned work for both individuals and organizations.