Jean Abrie paints the modern female figure in a modern contemporary style with some influences of the classic background and painting style. They show soft romantic figures in modern and classic surroundings that represents beautiful moments even in our rushed modern daily life. He captures these fleeting moments and situations on canvas in detail , with some broader brushwork as enhancing factor to more detailed work. Women reading, writing and sometimes just day dreaming or in deep thought -and in the process slowing down life a little- is often the subject of his figurative work.
His work is influenced by the works of past masters like Rembrandt, Rubens, John Singer Sargent, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Julius Leblanc Stewart and many more. He also admires the work of the modern masters Richard Schmid, Casey Baugh, Jeremy Lipking and countless others. He believes every artist needs to improve every day and be able to see the difference clearly over a period of time. “There should never be a point where you feel you know enough about painting your subject, as every choice of subject humbles the artist every day about how much there is to know about it”.
Jean’s work has been included and exhibited in private, group and individual exhibitions in different genres in major cities like London, New York, Hong Kong, Charleston, Seattle, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples (FL.), Orlando. His work is also collected by many local collectors in South Africa and from over the world.