Artist Jim Shaw became famous for his collection of thrift store paintings that were displayed by prominent galleries and received much criticism and applause. However, his personal work has a much bigger impact when soaked in by the beholder. The artist uses his vast collection of pop cultural artifacts in his work either as inspiration, materials, or subject matter. The most unique thing about Shaw is that his paintings and sculptures are only a part of his artwork as a whole. He specializes in creating fantastical characters and diving into their lives, dreams, and personal dilemmas, fully immersing the viewer of his shows, shows that literally surround and engulf them. Jim Shaw has even gone as far as creating his own fictional religion called Oism, for a character of his, that is based around strict conformity. The character struggles to find peace from personal turmoil as he stands perfectly in-between his desire to paint radically and the statutes of his religion. This kind of art in which one creates a world that does not exist in reality is called fictive art. Aside from his fictive art, Shaw gives the viewer a wonderful view into different styles of chaos, division, and organization that dominate his art. Enjoy it below!
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