An activist and environmentalist, Sabraw’s paintings, drawings and collaborative installations are produced in an eco-conscious manner, and he continually works toward a fully sustainable practice. When possible he actively engages the public on matters of climate justice. He collaborates with scientists on many projects; one of his current collaborations involves creating paint and paintings from iron oxide extracted in the process of remediating polluted streams. Partnering with #OhioUniversity engineer Dr. Guy Riefler, they are building a treatment plant that can clean up over 1 million gallons per day of toxic runoff from abandoned coal mines – and produce over 5,000 lbs of sustainably sourced pigment every day for decades to come.
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Sabraw’s abstract explorations focus on natural phenomena, the earth’s ecosystem as a whole, and our role within that. Painstaking painting methods are coaxed into interacting and amalgamating over durations of up to several months. The result is complex, luminous, mysterious paintings that strike a beautiful balance between controlled and organic processes.
Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, Bank of America, and Accenture Corp. He is a Professor of Art at Ohio University where he chairs the Painting + Drawing program, and Board Advisor at Scribble Art Workshop in New York. He has most recently been featured in TED, Smithsonian, New Scientist, London, and Great big Stories.
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