Basket of Fruit, 1956
oil on canvas
20'' x 24''
Abrams, Herbert E.
1921-2003

Herbert E. Abrams was born in Greenfield, MA in 1921.  He studied at the Norwich Art School of Connecticut and was an honors graduate in illustration from the Pratt Institute of Art.  Later he studied with Frank Vincent Du Mond at the Art Students League of New York.  

His preferred medium was oil.  He was a popular lecturer and painting demonstrator for various art organization and clubs, and he appeared on television in 1971 as a painting demonstrator.  

He exhibited at numerous venues.  In 1958, 1964, and 1968, he had solo shows at the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York.  He also displayed his work in such esteemed settings as the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1948, the Southern Vermont Art Association in 1965, the Springfield Academy of Artists, MA in 1968, and the Oklahoma Museum of Art in 1970. He received the Dr. Byron Kenyon Award for the Best Still Life in 1968 and the Best Portrait Award in 1970 from the Hudson Valley Art Association. 

Today his work is part of numerous museum and private collections.  His portrait of General William C. Westmoreland is part of the West Point Museum in New York.  In Baltimore, MA, his portrait of Dr. Philip Bard hangs in the Johns Hopkins University Collection.  Other portraits in famous collections include Dr. James T. McCord at the Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey; and General Anna Mae Hays at the Walter Reed Medical Center Collection, Washington, D.C.  His 1982 portrait of President Jimmy Carter hangs in the White House to this day and Abrams felt that it was one of the best pieces of his career. 

In 1942, he was commissioned to design the United States Air Force Insignia of the stars and tabs on aircraft.  In 1963, he was commissioned to paint General and Mrs. Palmer Pierce, West Point Officer's Mess.