Harold Fredrick Abbott
Harold Fredrick Abbott

Harold Fredrick Abbott

Harold Frederick Abbott was a portrait painter and teacher of art by profession.

Date of birth: 14 June 1906
Place of birth: Sydney, New South Wales
Date of death: 8 June 1986
Place of death: Sydney, New South Wales

Harold Frederick Abbott was a portrait painter and teacher of art by profession. From 1923 he began studying art part time at the Sydney Art School under Julian Ashton and Henry Gibbons. In 1931, after being awarded the NSW Society of Artists Travelling Scholarship, Abbott moved to London where he spent the next two years studying at the Royal Academy, returning to Australia in 1933. Abbott became highly accomplished in portraiture, still life, and genre paintings, winning the Sulman Prize in 1940. Portraiture was of particular interest to Abbott. His dedication to depicting his subjects with great honesty and likeness is evident in all of the portraits he produced throughout his career. Characteristics of his style were his simplicity in approach, an awareness of compositional balance, use of light to create depth and shadow, and his narrative painterly style.