Jim Shaw: Dreams (signed)
First edition, 1995, mint copy, signed by the artist,
“Most people consider their dreams private propertytoo personal, too scary, and too weird to sharebut not internationally renowned Los Angeles artist Jim Shaw. In Dreams, a monumental compendium of painstaking pencil drawings that bring his nocturnal dream world to life, the artist unflinchingly reveals his innermost fears, obsessions, and sexual fantasies. A diarylike picture book, Dreams is an in-depth look at one of the most important facets of this seminal artists work.” — RAM publisher site
“California-based artist Jim Shaw creates artwork that morphs a pop sensibility with uneasiness, resulting in images that are both arresting and disquieting.
Inspired by dreams he’s had, Shaw’s artworks are compelling in their melding of the familiar with the disturbing. His art plays with the viewer’s pool of visual references — you know you’ve seen some of the clues he’s giving you somewhere before, but know those images are tweaked.
Jim Shaw is what’s often referred to as an artist’s artist—not in the sense that he is forgotten by the market, but rather that his work and career have inspired countless younger practitioners.
This is due in part to Shaw’s sheer commitment to making work for the past three decades, but also more particularly to an insistence on retaining his idiosyncratic blend of personal, political, and Pop as he continues to mine his unique vein of imaginative, stream of consciousness inspired, and at times adolescent web of ideas, insights, and material explorations.” — THE REAL MEANING OF DREAMS