Cocktail Cats I (turquesa)

2020
Silkscreen, 3 colors. Artist proof numbered and signed by Shag
25 x 53 cm approx
Price: € 490

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Description

Se trata de Pruebas de Artista, numeradas y firmadas por Shag, de las copias que siempre se queda como referencia y archivo. La edición comercial (100 copias) está agotada. Con Certificado de Autenticidad expedido por la galería. Se venderán por estricto orden de pedido. Las serigrafías llegarán en breve a nuestro almacén, cuando lo hagan será posible verlas personalmente, previa

Todo fan de Josh Agle sabe que los felinos son omnipresentes en su obra. No hay circunstancia ni ocasión en la que Shag no encuentre una esquina para un gato, o una razón por la cual un misterioso minino se pasea por la escena. Del mismo modo los cócteles, combinados, y bebidas exóticas de todo tipo han ocupado un lugar protagonista desde los comienzos de su carrera artística, hace ya tres décadas. En esta nueva serie Shag combina ambas señas de identidad prescindiendo de sus otras obsesiones habituales (objetos de diseño mid-century, estilosos personajes, opulentas mansiones…), y nos ofrece sus “Cocktail Cats” en tres variaciones de color, naranja con marrón, con verde, y con turquesa. La edición comercial de esta serie, 100 copias de cada color, está agotada desde le fecha de publicación, pero te ofrecemos como siempre pruebas de artista del archivo personal de Shag. Sin duda la pieza ideal para los amantes de estas enigmáticas mascotas, y para los aficionados al elegant drinking.

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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.