Sponsored by Croissants de France

XOJ Gallery

Classically trained as a figurative painter, Abiy T. Frew pushes the limits of representation and paint to maximize their expressive potential. Surfaces are built up and scraped down; pigment is applied in gentle washes or with aggressive strokes.

In the context of a global refugee crisis, Frew’s latest series, “IN/VISIBLE” starts with the notion of chiaroscuro (“light and shadow”) and explores the personal and political dimensions of displacement, absence and belonging.

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Opening Reception:

Thu Oct 6, 6 – 8PM

Gallery hours:

Tue – Sat

10AM – 4PM

Free and Open to the Public


533 Eaton Street

Artist Bio:

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1981. Abiy began drawing on his own as a child and immigrating to the U.S. in 1998, allowed him to continue his education and graduate from the Pennsylvania Academy of  Fine Art in 2006.

In 2005, Abiy was the recipient of the Huldah Bender Kerner scholarship for outstanding achievement in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of  Fine Art. He has exhibited numerous group shows in Philadelphia,PA. and currently, lives and works in Key West,FL.