Bunny and the Beasts

15 Color Hand-Pulled Silk-Screened Serigraph Print on Thick fine art cotton rag paper
Artist proof hand Signed & Numbered by Shag
56.5 x 123 cm
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SHAG, Josh Agle (Sierra Madre, California, 1962)     

American artist Josh Agle is better known as Shag (an acronym made by combining the last two letters of his first name and the first two of his surname).

Agle studied architecture in the 1980s but later switched to graphic design, becoming a successful commercial illustrator for clients like Time and Forbes and designing album covers for several California bands, including his own. In 1995, Otto von Stroheim—editor of Tiki News and organiser of the Tiki Oasis festival—invited him to contribute a work to a group show in Santa Monica, where it caught the attention of Billy Shire, a collector and owner of La Luz de Jesus Gallery. He participated in a collective exhibition there in 1996, and his artistic career took off. According to Shire, Shag “created what could be called a whole new genre: twenty-first century hipster cool”. He soon became a cult figure and leading exponent of the Lowbrow movement, and over the years he has become a successful artist whose work is collected by Ben Stiller, Whoopi Goldberg and many other Hollywood celebrities and exhibited in the finest galleries of New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.

His prolific work as a commercial illustrator includes a series of paintings commissioned by Disney to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Disney World.

Shag’s art features scenes tinged with irony and mischievous humour, rendered in a distinctive style inspired by the commercial illustrations of the 1950s and 60s. His paintings, with their vivid colours and kitsch aesthetic, are an ode to consumerism and the good life; his characters drink, smoke and eat in stylish, sophisticated settings, in houses designed by Richard Neutra or John Lautner and furnished by Eames, Eero Saarinen, Arne Jacobson and George Nelson.

Shag also finds aesthetic and artistic inspiration in early James Bond films, David Bailey’s photographs of “Swinging London” and the work of artists like Robert Williams (founder of Juxtapoz magazine), Keith Haring and Mark Ryden, whom he greatly admires.


La fotografa Bunny Yeager, con sus espectaculares sesiones de fotos en Florida, tuvo mucho que ver con la consagración de Betty Page como la indiscutible reina de las pin-ups y de su leyenda que aún hoy pervive. Shag, con su pasión obsesiva por los años 50, rememora aquellos años y a ambas poderosas mujeres en esta fatástica serigrafía titulada “Bunny and the Beasts” (Bunny y las bestias). En ella vemos a Bunny Yeager, una fotógrafa de primera con su propia y fascinante historia, detrás la cámara inmortalizando a Betty Page en una sesión de “jungle exploitation”. No faltan las miradas de soslayo de otras modelos, quizá envidiosas, felinos variados, y los personajes secundarios (hombres).