Josh Agle (aka SHAG)

b. 1962

"Alligator," 2003

Acrylic and vinyl paint on board
Signed lower left: SHAG
12" H x 9.5" W

  • Provenance: Property from a Distinguished Palm Springs Estate
  • Notes: Josh Agle, born on August 31, 1962, known professionally as Shag (stylized as SHAG), is a contemporary artist widely known for his distinctive style that captures the essence of mid-century modernism and retro pop culture. With his vibrant colors, bold designs, and playful characters, SHAG has become an icon in the world of modern art.

    Growing up in Southern California, SHAG developed a deep appreciation for the architecture, design, and fashion of the 1950s and 1960s. His artistic journey began during his childhood, where he would spend countless hours drawing and immersing himself in the visual culture of the time. These early experiences would later shape his artistic vision and inspire his signature style.

    In the late 1980s, SHAG attended the California State University, Fullerton, where he studied both illustration and fine art. His studies allowed him to refine his skills and experiment with different mediums, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. During this time, he also started exhibiting his work in local galleries and art shows, slowly gaining recognition for his unique approach to art.

    It was in the early 1990s that SHAG began to establish his distinct style, drawing inspiration from Palm Springs culture, mid-century modern design, Tiki culture, cocktail lounges, and vintage advertising. He created a universe of characters, often depicted in glamorous and whimsical settings, exuding an air of sophistication and mystery. With his masterful use of flat colors and sharp lines, SHAG's art transports viewers into a retro-futuristic world that feels simultaneously nostalgic and contemporary.
  • Condition: Visual: Overall good condition. Two pinhead-sized flecks of white pigment in the lower left quadrant by the back tire of the truck and on the lower body of the alligator.

    Blacklight: No evidence of restoration.

    Frame: 19.5" H x 17" W x 2" D

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September 19, 2023 12:00 PM PDT
Monrovia, CA, US

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