A mystery-man of few words, Josh Agle, the artist currently known as "Shag", has produced numerous collections of sleek and stylish paintings that are the very epitome of "retro".
Considered a leading light of the American "Lowbrow" or "Pop Surrealism" art movement his mannered, meticiculous constructions of 1960s imagery and palettes are mind-warping and oddly comforting at the same time, stirringly reminiscent of the animated credits for TV shows like "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie" and films such as "The Pink Panther."
This latest impressive collection, full of doe-eyed, bouffant-ed beach cuties, slick, dark-suited men with horn-rim glasses and thin ties, whales and whalers, beasts, devils and Victoriana viewed through a Baby-boomer's lens gathers works from his latest gallery tour and provides yet another peek into the mind of a true cultural archeologist.
Accompanied by poetry and quotations this is an engrossing treat and, I'm sure the beginning of the art-poster and greetings card "next big thing." Catch the wave before it catches you...