What a dude! Painter, illustrator and designer Josh “Shag” Agle is LE GRAND MÊSTRE of the 50s/60s swinging lounge aesthetic which embraces illustrative finesse, vivid colours and funkadelia with a large dose of tongue-in-cheek humour. Shag’s paintings are influenced by avante-garde animation of the early fifties and sixties as well as generic advertising art of the same era. His flat perspective paintings, which are collected by Shagadelics globetrotters, celebrate consumerism through depictions of characters who drink, smoke and socialise in fantasy settings (sounds like my ideal world!). If you live in Australia and want to purchase some of Shag’s work (I did and never regretted it), Outre Gallery is the place to go. Or better still, if you live in Sydney, just take a Sunday stroll to this gallery for some VERY inspired viewing…Just try and walk out without something under your arm.
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