Street Artist ABH and Arcature Fine Art Create “Portraits for Perry”
Proceeds Will Benefit The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter High School in Palm Beach County Featuring A Mural by Shepard Fairey
It was announced today that the Perry J. Cohen Foundation (PJCF), a non-for-profit 501(C)(3), www.pjcf.org organization, will receive 50% of the sales proceeds of commissioned portraits by Artist ABH, who is represented through Palm Beach-based gallery Arcature Fine Art. Perry Cohen is the son of Pamela Cohen and stepson of Nick Korniloff, Executive Vice President/Partner and Director of the Art Miami family of fairs, who went missing at sea in late July of 2015. The PJCF actively supports the ARTS, as well as Environmental, Marine and Wildlife Preservation and Education causes.
Proceeds from “Portraits for Perry” will help fund a partnership between the Palm Beach County School District and the PJCF to raise $400,000 for the creation of The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School. Encouraging and supporting environmental education, stewardship and environmental responsibility by bringing together students, scientists, educators, businesses and governmental agencies, the laboratory will promote an environmental legacy for our planet. Famed street artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who created and generously donated a portrait logo for the PJCF, will install a mural of Perry overlooking the pond. The laboratory will educate thousands of teenagers in Palm Beach County during its indefinite lifetime. https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2016/11/07/perry-j-cohen-wetlands-lab-outdoor-classroom-to-be-added-for-jupiter-high-school/
ABH’S work has been quietly and quickly collected by those in the know, and he is coming off a breakout exhibition at Art Miami during Art Basel this past December, in which proceeds benefited the Perry J. Cohen Foundation. ABH unveiled and presented Jorge Pérez, renowned art collector and founder of The Related Group, with a portrait during his acceptance of the first annual Art Miami Lifetime Visionary award at a private dinner for 150 people that benefited the PJCF, “I love the portraits ABH is doing. They are fresh and joyous. I hope his artistic career continuous to flourish,” said Jorge Pérez.
“ABH artwork is the New Pop Culture Art of today, mixing a colorful take on cartoons, humor, an eclectic cool factor. It hangs with Warhol, Haring, Basquiat, Lichtenstein and Condo. He is a true street artist with a bundle of talent!” said famed fashion designer, art collector and PJCF supporter, Tommy Hilfiger.
ABH’s work is rapidly being acquired, and most recently, he has been commissioned privately by such art collectors as famed fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and music executive Tommy Mottola, recording artists Schoolboy Q, YG, and Dom Kennedy, record executives Archie Davis of Interscope, Atlantic Records’ Dallas Martin and Randall “Sickamore” Medford of Sony. “A great new artist to watch!!! Keep an eye out for this up-and-comer,” said music executive and art collector, Tommy Mottola.
While exhibiting at Art Miami, ABH quickly sold seven works and commissioned two others. Alongside the parents of Perry, ABH personally spent time showing his work to such luminaries as Jessica Goldman, Phil & Amy Mickelson, Jon & Dorothea Bon Jovi, Mat Kemp, recording artist PUSHA T, famed street Artist Shepard Fairey and wife Amanda, and Mr. Brainwash.
Collectors interested in a commission can place their order and must submit a photograph directly to Arcature Fine Art: [email protected] (www.arcaturefineart.com) for artist approval. The artist will consult with patrons on subject matter, colors and any special requests; portraits are being offered starting at $10,000 for 38’ x 38’ in. on stretched canvas for one subject. Additional larger sizes for single or multiple subject matters are available at a higher price; framing and direct shipping also can be accommodated.
“Perry was extremely excited to begin studying at the Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy at JCHS, where he had been accepted, but tragically, he went missing only three weeks prior to beginning high school. The art world has been a positive source of support since day one after our son went missing, and a critical participant as we continue the healing process and carry on Perry’s legacy. We believe that “Portraits for Perry” provides another opportunity to allow those who love art to enhance their collection, recognize a loved one, commemorate a special moment, or reward themselves with a quality unique commissioned portrait, all while helping an important cause that will benefit thousands of children. Perry was extremely passionate about art, our environment, marine life and the wild. He was a teenager with big dreams and a great imagination. We are very thankful to ABH and Ryan Ross of Arcature Fine Art, and our friends in the art world, for their continued help in carrying out our son’s legacy.” said Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff, Perry Cohen’s mother and stepfather, Director and Partner of Art Miami.
ABOUT THE PERRY J. COHEN FOUNDATION:
Perry Cohen is a 14-year-old boy who went missing at sea on July 24, 2015. He was last seen leaving the Jupiter, Florida inlet on his good friend’s boat. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) conducted one of the largest Search and Rescue (SAR) missions in modern day history to find Perry and his friend. The Perry J. Cohen Foundation (PJCF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), established by Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen, and his stepfather, Nicholas Korniloff. The PJCF was created to carry on Perry’s legacy and support what he was most passionate about, and is devoted to the advancement of: The Arts, Environmental, Marine & Wildlife Education and Preservation, Teenage Entrepreneurship, and Boating Safety Education. For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.pjcf.org
ABH is a 37-year-old American contemporary artist living in Los Angeles by way of Philadelphia, PA. ABH’s creative spirit as a visual artist started at birth, and by the young age of eighteen he had success as a recording artist, working with Pharrell Williams and many others. His career and contacts as a multi-faceted artist have taken him around the world and provided access to many experiences, circumstances and people, which are being relived and portrayed through his second international exhibition, entitled “Childhood Access Memories,” at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary fair. ABH uses colorful expressions of animation and cartoons to tell the stories of hardships, romances and triumphs featured in his artwork, and it was first his music that helped him develop a style of literal images with abstract meaning. Although clean in look, he considers it to be very loose and free, like the work of one of his art idols, the great Jean-Michel Basquiat.
About Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory:
An existing water retention pond at the entrance of the high school will be transformed and planted with materials ranging from Coastal Upland Hammock to the Littoral Shelf. In addition, the design includes a bridge with stairs into the water, and an ADA boardwalk into the deepest part of the pond. These hardscape elements will provide platforms from which students can access the water safely for taking water samples, and teachers can conduct lessons inside and outside the classroom supported by a full certified interactive curriculum. A nature trail with interpretive signage will identify the varied plant material and the Eco Zones.
ABOUT ARCATURE FINE ART:
Arcature Fine Art, located on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, specializes in the acquisition and sale of major works by Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary artists. Arcature showcases a diverse list of internationally established artists such as Banksy, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Robert Indiana, KAWS, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Claude Monet, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and many others.
Open year-round, Arcature Fine Art exhibits outstanding artworks in an approachable and friendly atmosphere. With passion paired with expertise and experience, Arcature Fine Art offers clients unparalleled advice for acquiring art—whether for someone contemplating a first purchase or a seasoned collector looking to make an addition to an already well-established collection.