An artist’s incendiary painting is his bank statement: Alex Schaefer’s depiction of a Chase branch going up in flames drew the attention of L.A. police, who asked if he was a terrorist. He said the work was a metaphor for the havoc banking practices have caused the economy.
Photo: Artist Alex Schaefer stands in front of the Van Nuys bank that was the inspiration for his oil painting depicting the structure on fire. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

An artist’s incendiary painting is his bank statement: Alex Schaefer’s depiction of a Chase branch going up in flames drew the attention of L.A. police, who asked if he was a terrorist. He said the work was a metaphor for the havoc banking practices have caused the economy.

Photo: Artist Alex Schaefer stands in front of the Van Nuys bank that was the inspiration for his oil painting depicting the structure on fire. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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