Call Of The Wild

2021
13-ink screen printing. Edition of 200. Numbered and signed by Shag
58 x 128 cm
Framed in 2,5 x 2,5 cm matt black lacquered wooden frame
63 x 133 cm
1175 €

Description

Aunque Palm Springs (centro de operaciones de Shag) es una ciudad totalmente urbanizada y humanizada, hacen falta pocos minutos de coche para encontrarse en medio del desierto de California. Algunas de las casas más espectaculares, diseñadas por famosos arquitectos como Donal Wexler, Richard Neutra, o John Lautner se encuentran en las afueras con lo que sus jardines y el salvaje desierto casi se confunden. En esta nueva obra de Shag, una serigrafía de 13 colores y gran tamaño titulada “Call of the Wild”, puedes encontrar una buena muestra de la flora y la fauna más representativa del Colorado desert. Un galápago, una cabra, un correcaminos, y un buho miran sorprendidos al especimen acuático y su peluda mascota. Disfruta de la brillante mezcla de amarillos, naranjas, ocres, y marrones, y el contrapunto verde de los cáctus y las carnosas, del rojo de las flores, y del turquesa de la piscina y el ventanal de la mansión.

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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.