ABOUT THE ARTIST
In 2006 Sabrina opted to study abroad in Florence, Italy where she took a journey of self-discovery. While studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy under Professor Bisi, Sabrina was finally able to clearly understand and express her ideas. She wrote out her intention and called her work “Perceptionist Art”. Professor Bisi dubbed her first painting a “masterpiece” and he encouraged her to freely explore her new style and ideas.
While Sabrina was abroad in Italy she met Dr. Giovanna Giusti the director of the 19th century and contemporary art at the Uffizi museum. Dr. Giusti offered her an internship as her assistant, an offer the artist readily accepted. Dr. Giusti took Sabrina under her wing and introduced her not only to the famous Italian museum and museum work, but also to Italian contemporary artists.
Although she had successful studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti, when Sabrina returned in September 2007 to the California State University of Chico to graduate, she did nothing more than continue her bachelor’s degree in art and paint. Sabrina remained uncertain of her future course as an artist until her friend and advisor, Marsha Steinberg, insisted that she apply to the International art competition Art Clash. Sabrina submitted her work and was surprised when she was one of the thirty-five artists selected from thousands of applicants to exhibit in Florence, Italy. The competition did not end there for Sabrina Abbott. After the art opening Sabrina received a telephone call from Dr. Giusti to inform her that the panel of art experts had selected her as the first place winner and that her work would make a tour of Italy and Greece and afterwards the winning piece would become a part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece.
Finally realizing her potential as a contemporary artist, Sabrina Abbott curated her first solo art show of the Perceptionist Art movement in Chico, California. In the summer of 2008 she signed a contract with an art attorney with the assistance of a Parisian promoter that she was introduced to while visiting France.
After graduating in 2008 Sabrina Abbott deferred entrance into Sotheby’s Art Institute in London in order to undertake an internship at the Louvre in Paris, France. At first Sabrina interned in conservation in the painting department but after a few months she switched to frame restoration.
While in France Sabrina lived and painted for a while on a beautiful barge in Samois Sur Seine. Later she moved to Meudon. While in France she frequented museums and art expositions and traveled Europe in order to
further both her artistic and cultural education.
In the summer of 2009 Sabrina returned to California, and after a particularly successful art exhibit she was selected to exhibit in the Espace Cardin in Paris, France. Sabrina moved back to Paris to continue exploring and painting.
Sabrina returned to the United States in the Fall of 2010 where she continued to paint and exhibit her work. A retrospective of her work was exhibited at the California Museum in 2013. In February 2023 Sabrina had a solo show at ACCA Gallery in Beverly Hills.
Sabrina continues to sell her work internationally and exhibit in public and private venues.
Sabrina in her studio in France
Dr. Giusti, Sabrina and former Director of the Uffizi, Antonia Natali in the Uffizi library. 2007
Dr. Giusti and Sabrina. Uffizi
View of Florence, Italy taken from Piazza San Michelangelo
Professor Bisi. Accademia di Belli Arti. 2007
Sabrina's studio on the barge. France 2008
Sabrina the Louvre Museum. 2008
Sabrina restoring frames. Louvre Museum. 2008
Growing up, Sabrina won some minor national competitions and took second place at the California State Fair. Despite her early successes, she had not found her style or place in the artistic world. Some of the concepts that she would later utilize in her Perceptionist style, such as enlarged objects and a sense of irony, could be seen on occasion in her early work but they lacked the significance that would fill her Perceptionist pieces.