acrylic on canvas, 31" x 15"
"Fourth Man On Fire" is currently on display under an exhibition titled All My Bones. The works in this collection were inspired by a book of Old Testament stories Agle had as a child. Shag recalls, “What seemed like straightforward morality plays told in simple language and pictures meant for children turned out to be complex, grotesque and ethically confusing stories when I read them in the Bible as I got older.” In this series demonic characters, blazing flames and kingly lions are placed within the hedonistic atmosphere of a Shag painting with the goal of reinterpreting these fables in such a way that will keep the imagery as morally ambiguous as the source material.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
557C West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Shag is a painter, designer and illustrator working in Southern California. His distinctive artistic style draws from commercial illustration from the past five decades, but the work is imbued with an attitude and sly sense of humor which is unmistakably of our time. Solo exhibitions of Shag's work have been held in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and South America.
The paintings themselves celebrate consumerism and consumption on vividly colored sharply rendered panels; the characters drink, smoke and eat in lavish, stylish surroundings. But Shag sees the visuals of his work as window-dressing or stage scenery. He's more concerned with the themes and narratives in the paintings, and the meanings a viewer might find when he looks at a piece of Shag art.
Shag lives with his wife and children in a mid-century home overlooking a peaceful wooded valley, much like homes he paints in his art. He considers Palm Springs, California his second home and is an enthusiastic booster for the city. In 2009 The Shag Store opened in Palm Springs. It is the world's first retail boutique and gallery dedicated solely to his art, prints and merchandise, and has quickly become a must-see destination for people visiting the city.
See more photos of the store courtesy of Sam Howzit.
SHAG is the first retail store and gallery dedicated exclusively to the artist Shag. Located in the Downtown Palm Springs Design District, the store offers prints, original art, books, merchandise and other products available only in the store.
Drop by for a visit. We'd love to see you!
10 am - 5 pm, Mon - Thu
10 am - 8 pm, Fri - Sun
725 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262