“Double Strand Of Pearls” (2008)
Dimensions: 12″ x 12″
Media: mixed media/collage on woodpanel
Fair Market Value: $1,500
Minimum Bid Amount: $750
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Gabriel Shaffer lives and works in Asheville, NC. The son of nationally known folk/visionary artist Cher Shaffer (most notable for her appearance in tour/book “O’ Appalachia”), Gabriel was raised within the self taught medium and had contact with many folk and outsider artists as a young boy.
Gabriel’s unique art is driven by a manic obsession with the relationships between sound, symbol and image, as they are literally layer upon layer of graffiti, free association, collage and various medias, salvaged from assorted locations (abandoned hospitals, factories houses, dumpsters, etc.) which create a circuit board of color, texture and information, used to form haunting characters and communicate strange narratives from his own personal mythology.
Gabriel’s characters consist of old legends, angels, protectors, tribal totems, dolls, puppets, flying houses, iconography, shapeshifters, ghosts, aliens, blue haired ladies, animals and any other bizarre form of creature or landscape his mind can conjure.
Gabriel first sold his earliest works In January 2004 during the Outsider Art Fair, to several collectors and had his first exhibition in July 2004, at the Broome Street Gallery / Historic Cedar Tavern, New York City. Since then his work has been received with amazing acclaim. He has already exhibited in over 75 shows and sold over 500 works of art to collectors, galleries and museums, throughout various major cities nationally and internationally, including a very strong debut, with the Berenberg Gallery, Boston,Ma, at the Outsider Art Fair 2005. Some of gabriels more notable celebrity collectors include members of rock bands, Aerosmith, Weezer, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Marylin Manson, Tool, Mastodon, Cat Power, Band of Horses, Kid Rock and best selling Sci Fi/Fantasy author Tad Williams. He has appeared in multiple magazines, newspapers and blogs such as NY Arts Magazine,Art Papers,Cafe Royal, Lifelounge, Juxtapoz and Raw Vision.