JIM SHAW

Selected Works

Exhibitions

02.04 – 21.05.2016
PARIS, FRANCE
RATHER FEAR GOD
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18.02 – 26.03.2016
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
RATHER FEAR GOD
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09.09 – 29.10.2011
PARIS, FRANCE
THRILLING STORIES FROM THE BOOK OF "O"
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10.10 – 07.11.2009
PARIS, FRANCE
WET DREAMS, EROTIC DREAM DRAWINGS
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03.11 – 22.12.2007
BERLIN, GERMANY
MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE
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20.10 – 23.11.2007
PARIS, FRANCE
THE HOLE
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05.03 – 09.04.2005
PARIS, FRANCE
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05.03 – 20.04.2002
PARIS, FRANCE
THE RITE OF THE 360°
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Biography

Born in 1952, Midland, MI, US
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US
M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, US
B.F.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US

It's always been a challenge to get one's arms around Shaw's work drawn upon multiple sources, including his personal psychological obsessions, as well as his omnivorous appetite for American pop culture, to make witty and downright weird art. His work is at once universal in its popular imagery and intensely personal in its self-expression. Freudian connections between past, present, future, dreams and his permanent disbelief for consumerism leading to comfort and happiness, in other word, a therapist's dream. Shaw cultivates a permanent suspiciousness about his work, his heroes, his characters and even his personal history. A whirling of high and low culture hurled to our face with amusement and such an artistry making his images so well entertaining.

Originally from Michigan, Shaw was part of a group of young artists who redefined art in Los Angeles in the 1980s. His early work deployed a virtuoso drawing style to create mysterious, surreal portraits. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he produced his sprawling series My Mirage, which tells the story of an American boy growing up amid the tumult of the late twentieth century through an encyclopedic compendium of graphic styles. In the mid-1990s, Shaw began his iconic series Dream Drawings and Dream Objects, for which he used his own nighttime visions as the source for endless new images to produce when he awoke. In recent years, he has created a number of large-scale painted backdrops combining characters and narratives from throughout history to explore the roots of America's cultural, religious, and political identity.