Ivor Abrahams was born in Wigan, Lancashire and studied at St Martin’s School of Art in London. He was apprenticed to the Fiorini Bronze Foundry and later taught at a number of art schools including Birmingham School of Art and Goldsmiths College in London. He had his first exhibition at Gallery One, London in 1962. He was appointed a Royal Academician in 1991. Abrahams is primarily a sculptor. His early works were based on gardens, a theme he explored until about 1979. In the mid-1970s he acquired a house in the South of France and the landscape and culture of the area became the inspiration for a series of works on water-based imagery, featuring bathers and nymphs.