Justin Hager – Freak Squad

location509 Ellis St. (@Leaventworth) SF, CA 94109date11.17.18


Justin Hager, FREAK SQUAD


November 17 – December 15, 2018

Reception: Saturday, November 17 | 6-8pm
Place: SWIM Gallery | 509 Ellis St. (@Leavenworth) SF, CA 94109
Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 12-5pm
(Closed Friday 11/23/18 for Thanksgiving Holiday)

EXTENDED: By appointment | Tuesday, December 18 – Saturday, December 22 | 12-5pm. Please call 831-318-0253 to make an appointment, 1-2 hours in advance is appreciated.


Spotlighting the weirdos, underdogs, outcasts and characters on the brink of sanity, FREAK SQUAD focuses in on the darker side of life. These characters are set in scenes of normality and honesty, making them a bit more relatable and filling the scenes with what is seemingly dark and dangerous, with a little levity and hope.

Justin Hager is a self-taught artist living and working in New York. His paintings and illustrations draw inspiration from his childhood” blending the concept of nostalgia with images and memories from pop culture. Hager grew up in the small town of Bakersfield, CA. His formative years were spent skateboarding, hunting at thrift stores, listening to records, watching 80s and 90s movies and eating fast food gimmick items. All these things”this mixture of angst, fun, rebellion, and hope”inform and inspire his art. He has participated in solo and group shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Denmark, Sweden, England, and France.

300 DPI Images:


"kodak yellow" | acrylic, oil, ink, lacquer on canvas | 20 x 20 in. | 2018

“kodak yellow”

"crow bar" | acrylic, oil, ink, lacquer on wood panel | 12 x 12 in. | 2018

“crow bar”

"some day a real rain will come" | acrylic, oil, ink, lacquer on wood panel | 12 x 12 in. | 2018

“some day a real rain will come”