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Shag: The Collected Works


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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. 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 midcentury 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.


"There's something about Shag's paintings and illustrations that instantly make me feel carefree. Sitting in sweats, slurping coffee on a dripping day, in my mind I'm casting bon mots over a pool full of the coolest people on the planet. And sure, it may seem shallow, but what if we could live in a buoyant, optimistic world where sexy partygoers pose in fabulously transparent modern homes? Where stars twinkle over a square-jawed Romeo seducing a lingerie-clad lady over the phone, and Tiki totems lord over talked-out barflies. If such a place exists in the real world, please invite me. I'll bring the cocktail umbrellas." --The Oregonian
"Shag's light and dark, artistic and commercial work is all on glorious display in a gorgeous new collection titled 'Shag: The Collected Works.' This book levels Shag's wide playing field, encompassing his acrylic paintings as well as the things featuring his artwork you aren't likely to see hanging in any museum. ... It's all marvy. So is his taste in pop culture as he gives The Beatles, The Ramones, The Velvets, the Universal Monsters, 'The Twilight Zone, ' 'The Planet of the Apes, ' 'Star Wars, ' 'Batman," and Disneyland the Shag treatment." --Psychobabble

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