Jim Shaw - Untitled Scribble (American Indian & Pilgrim), 2008

Jim Shaw

An abstract painter, Jim Shaw focuses on dream imagery, pop life, and “odd-ball subject matter”. He first came to the art world’s attention in the 1980s with a series called “My Mirage,” exploring the tacky inner thoughts of a teenager named Billy. From that time, he has done myriads of works including drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs that combines Pop-Art, Neo-Expressionism, Realism, and Surrealism. As an art student in Ann Arbor, he helped form the protopunk group Destroy All Monsters along with Mike Kelley, Niagara and filmmaker Cary Loren in 1973. Shaw is also known for his cabinet of curiosities – his collection of bizarre, kitsch objects such as Christian’s “goodies”. A 1996 exhibition at Metro Pictures in California was described as “brilliant artistic flea market” (Art in America 12/96). A retrospective of 450 of his works was held at the Casino Luxembourg (2000) and a major exhibition of his paintings organized by CAPC Bordeaux, France (2010). Born in 1952 in Midland, Michigan, Jim Shaw is represented by Blum & Poe Gallery (Los Angeles) and Praz-Delavallade (Paris). He lives and works in Los Angeles.