Born in California, Meredith Brooks Abbott is a longtime resident of Santa Barbara. She decided to pursue a career as an artist at a young age and spent her first year of college at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. When her father fell ill, she returned to Santa Barbara to care after him.
During these years, she studied under local artist Douglass Parshall (1899-1990). Through Parshall, she met and studied under Richard S. Meryman (1882-1963) and noted California Impressionist Clarence Hinkle (1880-1960). Hinkle maintained a studio on the Riviera modeled after the studio of French Impressionist Claude Monet. Abbott fondly remembers visiting Hinkle and painting alongside him at his home: “It was a beautiful studio—very pristine and tidy, and I painted while standing on a tarp that covered the floor. Opera music was always playing and Mrs. Hinkle would come down to serve us coffee. It was a very lovely situation” (Sloan 58).
She eventually returned to school and earned her degree from the Art Center School in Los Angeles. In 1962, she moved to New York City where she worked as an illustrator in the advertising field and took night classes at the Arts Students League. She would often spend her weekends traveling to visit Meryman’s studio in Dublin, New Hampshire. There, she assisted the artist in completing portrait commissions. In 1970, she moved to San Francisco. There, she worked as an illustrator and began to exhibit her paintings in galleries. She frequently made trips to the pastoral Marin County where she enjoyed gathering inspiration from painting en plein air. While in San Francisco, she reunited with her childhood friend Duncan Abbott and the two were married. In 1974, they moved back south and settled on Duncan’s avocado and lemon ranch in Carpinteria.
With more than 50 years of experience in her career as an artist, Meredith continues to create beautiful impressionistic still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She is a founding member of the OAK Group and holds memberships in the Santa Barbara Art Association and the California Art Club.
2:40 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: Homestead, 2020
2:33 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: The Here & Now, 2017
2:50 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: Days that Count, 2015
2:50 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: At Home in Paradise, 2012
4:06 | Narrated by Frank Goss | Released for MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: An Exhibition of New Paintings at Sullivan Goss, 2010
2:14 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released to mark the gallery's representation of the artist
In a year gone topsy-turvy, one tradition has held fast at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery on East Anapamu Street: the 12th annual “100 GRAND” exhibition and sale, featuring 108 quality works of art for $1,000 or less.
The event continues through Dec. 28.
“The exhibition has become an incubator of emerging talent, an entryway for beginning collectors, a holiday celebration in the art community and an ever timely reminder that everyone’s life is improved by the addition of original works of art,” said Susan Bush, contemporary curator at the gallery.
THE DEEP TRADITION OF CREATION IN RESPONSE TO A SOUL TIE WITH THE LAND will envelop Sullivan Goss on 1st Thursday, February 6th when they open Homestead, their fifth solo exhibition of Meredith Brooks Abbott's work.
To the gradually expanding list of cultural traditions defining Christmastime in Santa Barbara, we must fully acknowledge “100 Grand,” if it hasn’t already had its place secured on the official list.
Now in its seventh year and looking healthy and splendid, “100 Grand” is the pithily, cryptically and a accurately named exhibition at Sullivan Goss that offers art-hungry (and neophyte art-buying) Santa Barbarans a crack at 100 artworks priced under $1,000.
California may continue to develop and change, but one thing stays the same: its landscape remains the muse of the masses.
Sullivan Goss—An American Gallery invites you to ruminate on Collecting California, an exhibition covering an array of paintings from the late 1800s through today. The pieces capture the idyllic and diverse beauty of the land, from rugged seascapes and plunging waterfalls to undulating ranch land and serene sunrises—infusing the imagination with a sense of possibility and optimism for the future.
Art Center School, Los Angeles
Art Students League, New York
Clarence Hinkle, Santa Barbara, CA
Douglass Parshall, Santa Barbara, CA
Richard S. Meryman, Dublin, NH
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
Santa Barbara Art Association
Santa Barbara Arts Council
Plein Air Painters of America, 1989-1995
Heritage Gallery, San Francisco
California Art Club, Pasadena
Bank of America, Ventura, CA
Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA
Leisure Technology, Lakewood, NJ
Monterey Hotel, Monterey, CA
Santa Cruz Island Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA
Paul Bagley, New York and Santa Barbara, CA
Ernest A. Bryant III, Santa Barbara, CA
Mary and Barnaby Conrad, Carpinteria, CA
Stanford and Ginnie Eschner, Bakersfield, CA
Jon T. Ledlie, M. D., Tyler, TX
Sally and David Martin, Santa Barbara, CA
Quackenbush and Winkler, Santa Barbara, CA
Ross Wood, Boston, MA
1. Blake, Janet, Meredith Brooks Abbott, Maureen Murphy Fine Arts, Montecito, CA, 2002.
2. Griscom, Elane, “About the Cover Artist: Meredith Brooks Abbott,” Montecito Magazine, Fall 1987, pp. 19-50.
3. Klein, Hilary Dole, “Meredith Brooks Abbott,” Art of California, Jan. 1991, p. 23-27.
4. Meredith Brooks Abbott, November 23 – December 14, Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 1991.
5. Siple, Molly, “Seeing Nature with Fresh Eyes,” American Artist, Sept. 2007, pp. 42-49.
6. Sloan, Margie, “Clarence Hinkle’s Riviera Studio: Built for an Artist,” Montecito Magazine, pp. 58-62.
2020 MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: Homestead, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2017 MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: The Here & Now, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2015 MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: Days that Count, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2012 MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT: At Home in Paradise, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2010 Meredith Brooks Abbott, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2009 A Winter Quartet, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1996-2008 Maureen Murphy Fine Arts, Montecito, CA
1997 Nature Preserved, Heritage Gallery, San Francisco
1996 Westmont College, Montecito, CA
1995 Art Walk, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, CA
1995-1997 Easton Gallery 1985-1995 Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1974-1984 Gallery de Silva, Santa Barbara, CA
1972-1974 Village Frame and Gallery, Fairfax and Ross, CA