House as art, dig?
With its vivid color, bold lines and one-for-the-road smirk, the art of Josh Agle, a.k.a. Shag, channels the early ’60s hipster lifestyle, swizzle stick and all.
By David A. Keeps, Special to The [LA] Times
Josh Agle, the artist popularly known as Shag, doesn’t just draw from life. He paints from his living room. Using the architecture and interior design of his own home, he creates the candy-colored, acrylic-on-Masonite works that have made him an art world double threat gallery star and hip commercial brand. Populated with groovy ingenues, Rat Pack roués, cute animals, tiki gods and the occasional mythical creature, Shag’s art, which also pops up on stationery and housewares, is an inventory of the furnishings in the 1960 Modernist ranch that Agle decorated for his wife, theater director Glendele Way-Agle and their two children. …