Rosehips Folk Art Gallery
Est. 1984 - Barbara C. Brogdon Prop.
Phone 706.878.8100

Ab The Flagman

 

Roger Lee (Ab the Flagman) Ivens
Born: April 9, 1964
Lookout Mt., Tennessee
Resides: Atlanta, GA

Ab was given the nickname Abstract - later shortened to Ab - by friends in high school. When Ab was seven years old, he and his mother moved to Atlanta after the death of his father. His father's funeral was instrumental in his career as an artist. Ivens remembers sitting at his father's funeral looking at the flag on the coffin. An older half-sister, whom Ab did not know, was given the flag. Ivens began collecting cloth flags after the tremendous disappointment of not being given the flag from his father's coffin.

In his late twenties, Ab found himself working in a furniture shop. He began to see the discarded scraps on the floor as the components of wooden flags. He sold his first pieces on the side of the road by the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta.

Ab's work includes flags, eagles, the Statue of Liberty and other symbols associated with the freedom that his military father fought for. Ivens work is collected and shown in galleries throughout the United States.