The Royal We

750.00

Artist: Josh Agle (Shag)
Title: The Royal We
Details: Silkscreen, 15 colors. Artist proof, SP 10/30, limited edition, signed and numbered by Shag. Commercial edition of 200 copies
Dimensions: 105 x 45 cm approx
Year: 2018

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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.

Description

Un famoso artista al que si estás leyendo esto seguramente admiras es el feliz propietario de uno de los apartamentos de este complejo. Se trata de la urbanización Royal Hawaiian Estates, diseñada por los arquitectos Donald Wexler (discípulo de Richard Neutra) y Richard Harrison, y levantada en una elegante zona de Palm Springs en 1960. En ella Wexler encontró el equilibiro perfecto de la arquitectura moderna y luminosa con la pasión polinésica que barrió Estados Unidos en los 50s y 60s. Aunque el paso de las décadas llevó el declive a esta joya del modernismo midcentury californiano, en los años 90 el interés por todo lo relacionado con aquella era dorada del diseño y la arquitectura trajó nuevos inquilinos, protección legal, y una restauración de los elementos originales del complejo. Desde entonces Royal Hawaiian Estates es una de las paradas obligatorias para todos los amantes del estilo mid-century que se acercan por Palm Springs en los muchos eventos que allí tienen lugar (Modernist Week, etc.), sus visitas guiadas, y sus fiestas hawaianas en la piscina. En esta serigrafía de Shag puedes reconocer algunos de los elementos más llamativos de la arquitectura de Royal Hawaiian Estates, como son las angulosas columnas y sus detalles naranjas, una gran escultura tiki, y unos personajes misteriosos.

Additional information

Dimensions 105 × 45 cm