Hankins, Abraham Peter
1904-1963

Abraham Peter Hankins was born in Gomel, Russia in 1904 and came to the United States in 1914. He attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, the Barnes Foundation, and from 1922 to 1923, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Henry McCarter.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War I.  Afterwards, a patron sent him to Paris to study music in order to develop his voice for a career as a tenor. But damage done to his lungs during the war proved permanent, and while in Europe, he pursued his painting again in earnest. From 1925 to 1936, he studied at the Academie Julian and worked with M. de Montholon.

Hankins exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and received many prizes and awards. His work was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York World’s Fair, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Print Club, and the Allentown Museum of Art, among others.

He also had several very successful one-man shows, including a Retrospective in 1950 and a Memorial exhibit in 1964, both at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

His paintings may be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Public Library, and in the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel. Dr. Albert Barnes personally selected several of his works for inclusion in the prestigious Barnes Foundation.

Hankins taught at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, the Cheltenham Art Center, and the Settlement Music School.

The artist died in 1963.