Ab the Flagman has been creating art most of his life.
His interest in flags was sparked at a young age at
his father's military burial, igniting Ab's self-taught
career of transforming found objects (mostly wood)
into red, white and blue works of art.
Known as "The Flagman" for over nine years,
Ab creates flags in all shapes and sizes, from three-dimensional
forms to flags in the shape of the United States.
His abstract vision of such an infinite symbol is
what gives his pieces power. (His nickname, "Ab,"
is short for "Abstract.") Recently, he has
taken his vision and unique style a step beyond the
American flag to other commanding icons, including
the eagle, Statue of Liberty and mythological Atlas.
Ab's art has dominated the outsider art scene and
received several awards at
Southeastern art festivals. His works have been featured
in many national and international galleries - including
Art 54 Gallery in New York and Fay Gold Gallery in
Atlanta (his hometown). He is also one of a select
few artists chosen to decorate the House of Blues
in various cities across the country.
Ab's works are enduring images of American culture.
In fact, Ab - who is also a singer, songwriter, musician
and filmmaker - prefers the title of "culture
maker" to artist. To him, "culture exists
in the arts."
A frugal, creative man who’s interesting modern-primitive
folk art is often derived from discarded objects found
in abandoned, once burgeoning, mills and factories,
Ab the Flagman has become a nationally celebrated
folk artist whose work often garners between four
and five figures per piece.
His eclectic Americana styled wood-works and paintings
have been the rage at New York galleries, embellished
magazine covers, the New Britain Museum of American
Art, House of Blues in Orlando, Texas State University,
and graced a multitude of private and public shows
along the east coast and mid-west. Expanding beyond
the flag motif, his works have expanded to include
life size Indians, eagles, intricate sculptures of
American Presidents at historical significant sites,
and symbolic works incorporating cityscapes and the
plight of early settlers.