Ab the Flagman

Roger Lee Ivens, better known as “Ab the Flagman” was born near Lookout Mountain, Tennessee in 1964 into a military family. Showing an early interest in art, he asked an elementary school teacher to explain the word ‘abstract’ which prompted his classmates to nickname him “Ab”. At age seven at his father’s funeral the image of the flag draped coffin was to have a profound and lasting effect on his art. He worked as a carpenter assembling his flags afterhours from leftover scraps of wood and other found objects creating his signature three dimensional red, white and blue American flags as well as American eagles and other patriotic subjects. He began devoting himself full time to his art in 1995 and since then has been widely exhibited and collected. Ab continues to be the subject of or included in numerous articles and reviews on folk art.

One Man Exhibitions
2001 Outsider Art Fair, New York
1999 Outsider Art Fair, New York
1997 Kentuck, Tuscaloosa, AL
1996 Outsider Art Fair, 54 Gallery, New York

Museums
Mennelo Museum, Orlando, FL
National Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

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Eagle Crest
23” x 15”


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Eagle (framed)
14 3/8” x 9”

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Small floating flag
5 ¾” x 5 ½”

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Small floating flag
5 ½” x 5 ¾”

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4 floating flags on wood background
16” x 32 ½”


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