Phil Shafer’s Angry Zebra to Coincide with First Friday Opening of “State of Shock”
If you drive through downtown Kansas City, you will encounter a 50 ft socially conscience “Angry Zebra” recognized as artist Phil Shafer’s signature image. This zebra in the form of a chess knight was created over a decade ago after Phil graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute to represent those who have faced issues with personal identity. His work has been known to include political figures as well as other symbols, the Black Panther fist, handshakes, weapons, and military insignia. He takes inspiration from propaganda posters, street graffiti and social movements to share unique perspectives on social issues and word events. The red shards found in this image, meant to represent a sense of chaos, can be found in many of Phil’s works.
Located at 12th Street and Grand Boulevard, the completion of the “Angry Zebra” project coincides with Shafer’s first major showing since 2011, “State of Shock.” Currently Phil is also curating a multipart mural project for Kultured Chameleon that will rotate the work of nine other artists.
“State of Shock” opens for October First Friday through October 31 at The @19 below gallery.
Phil ‘Sike Style’ Shafer’s ‘Angry Zebra’ icon dominates October First Friday
In mid-September, a provocative new mural joined Kansas City’s downtown streetscape. … The project, sponsored by the Art in the Loop Foundation, coincides with Friday’s opening of “State of Shock,” a one-person show by Shafer at the 19 Below gallery.