Jim Shaw, American (1952 - )
Born in 1952 in Midland, Michigan, lives and works in Los Angeles. Attended University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1974, BFA; California Institute of the Arts, 1978, MFA
An abstract painter who focuses on dream imagery, pop life, and "odd-ball subject matter" (Art in America 12, 2000), Jim Shaw 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. His preoccupation seems to be with that which is inferior and which some would call pornographic.
From that time, he has done myriads of works including drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs that combines Pop-Art, Neo-Expressionism, Realism, and Surrealism. A 1996 exhibition at Metro Pictures in California was described as "an artistic flea market" (Art in America 12/96).
In 2000, a retrospective of his over 450 of his works was held at the Casino Luxembourg in Europe
Publications by the Artist:
Aioaeuie Ntnlnqrr, The End is Here Publications, California
Life and Death, The End is Here Publications, California
Museum and Public Collections:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Patchett Collection, San Diego, California
Los Angles County Museum of Art, California
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York