Abigail Drapkin
San Francisco, California

Abigail Drapkin is an oil painter based in San Francisco. Originally from Maine, she graduated with high honors in Studio Art and French from Brandeis University in Boston and spent her junior year at the Sorbonne and Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Abigail’s recent works on canvas and wood explore narrative portraiture within modern local landscapes. For her current portrait series, she uses black and white photographs from the early 20th century as reference material. In these works, the natural texture and warm tones of the exposed wood grain influence the mood and composition of the portraits.

Artist and Customer Comments

Abigail Drapkin 3/4/2016 | 11:05 PM

Just installed my work at Farley's Coffee in Potrero Hill, San Francisco. Opening reception is Saturday, March 5th, 6:30-8:30pm. Artist in attendance and free wine and beer! The show will hang March 1st-30th.

Abigail Drapkin 3/4/2016 | 11:02 PM

Lisa, thank you so much for the kind words and for you interest in my work! Glad to hear you're happy with the piece. If you would like to be added to my mailing list (to hear about future shows and updates) feel free to email me at abigaildrapkin8@gmail.

Lisa R 3/4/2016 | 5:44 PM

I opened this beautiful gem of a painting and was immediately happy I made the decision to order Abigail's painting! The expression and feeling she caught in the subjects in this painting are delightful - her brushwork is beautiful. Thank you, Abigail Drapkin! And ordering from UGallery was easy, the painting arrived well protected.

Abigail Drapkin 12/9/2015 | 2:04 AM

Check out my work this month at Spark Arts in San Francisco! I have seven pieces up as part of a group show called "Elevating the Ordinary". The work is up until December 20th, 2015 at: Spark Arts 4229 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94114

Day and Night

Oil painting on wood
Signed on front

24" h x 18" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 2 oz.


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"Day and Night" was inspired by the architecture of San Francisco and evokes the solitude of the individual's experience of the city. For this painting, I used the process of double exposure, representing the figure twice with transparent layers to capture movement across the rainy intersection. I added collaged elements of newspaper text to accent the architecture, creating a patchwork effect. This piece is painted in oil on wood, with both thin and thick layers of paint to allow the natural woodgrain to peek through. The piece has finished woodgrain sides and is varnished to protect its surface. It comes wired and ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!


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