Sage Vaughn

United States 1976

Sage Vaughn
Sage Vaughn
United States
April 24, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Born in 1976 in Jackson, Oregon, USA one of Sage Vaughn’s earliest memories is sketching animals at the local zoo alongside his father. In adulthood, as an acclaimed painter, he contrasts the natural world against melancholic backgrounds featuring the post-industrial landscape. “I’m interested in man’s wild side, and animals’ civilized aspects … where society and the wilderness overlap”, he says. A typical example is Sage’s pictures of garden birds with discreet tattoos reading for example, “Kill ’em All” or “FTW”. He has claimed to paint wearing infra-red night vision goggles, “as this is how most animals see the world.”

Incurably romantic while never resorting to schlock, Sage’s work also encompasses the intensity, hopes and losses of childhood, plus more recently a sense of humanity and community against the odds. Effortlessly combining a lightness of touch and a sense of drama, it encompasses painting, sculpture and installation work including recreations of childhood dens and gaily-painted baseball bats with six-inch nails driven through them.

In January 2013 he first exhibited pieces made from stained glass. The drips that are a consistent part of Sage’s paintings are a reference to not only his younger years as a graffiti artist, but also the inexorable marches of time and cycles of nature. His Butterfly Ring compositions, resembling a mournful wreath of the winged insects associated with optimism in classical mythology, are among his most popular pieces.

In 2011 Sage Vaughn’s work Integrity, created alongside photographer Michael Muller, adorned the cover of rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers’ single Monarchy of Roses. His most recent triumph is MOCA Gallery’s Transmission event, curated by Sage’s childhood hero, Beastie Boys founder member Mike Diamond in December 2012. He lives and works in California.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Art14 LondonLazaridies Gallery, London (off site)Group
2014Nobody's HomeLazaridies Gallery, LondonSolo
2013Art13Lazaridies Gallery, London (off site)Group
2013Art Collector Starter Kit  Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2012Juxtapoz Turns 18Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2012Transmission LAMuseum Of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesGroup
2011The Tree HouseLazaridies Gallery, London (off site)Group
2011Children Of A Lesser GodLazarides Rathbone, LondonSolo
2011Portraits : Cabinet De CuriositÉs Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, GenevaGroup
2011The Enchanted ForestStrychnin Gallery, BerlinGroup
2011Open SpaceKnown Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010Human NatureGalerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2010Kim Light / LightBoxArt Los Angeles Contemporary, CASolo
2009UntitledRichard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009Summer group show Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva Group
2009Nobody’s youngArt Agents Gallery, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2009ArtBrussels, Art AgentsBrussels, BelgiumGroup
2008Works on paperGalerie Sébastien Bertrand, GenevaGroup
2008Native SonsGalerie Bertrand & Gruner, Outside the wall, Los AngelesSolo
2007FTWThe Dactyl Foundation, New YorkSolo
2007Wish you were hereGalerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2006 ...and the damage doneCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2006I Love You To The MaxJaxon House, Venice, CASolo
2006ReInstallation:Scion Art SeriesAperture Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005Where Eagles DareWarren Dactyl Foundation For the Arts and Humanities, NYSolo
2005Reseda vs. The World1269 Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2004Angels of CarthageGhettogloss, Silverlake, CASolo