Large-sized artist's book by Jim Shaw. "Contains works from five series of portraits made over the course of the artist's four-decade-long career: the 'Distorted Faces' drawings (1978-85) and paintings (1986-2007); the 'Noir' portraits of 1978; the sketches for Shaw's 'Giant Face' paintings (1992) and other assorted faces from 1993-2006. The format and print quality ... truly allow Shaw's legendary graphic abilities to shine--particularly in the hyperreal 'Distorted Faces' series. According to Alison M. Gingeras' catalogue essay, 'The jingle-like language of Pop has been transformed into rambling, run-on sentences that describe fragmented ideas, associative thoughts and schizophrenic images. Too strange, too perverse, too lurid, too precise: Shaw is an elusive character that defies categorization.'" -- publisher's statement. Dust-jacket opens into a fold-out poster.