Welcome to Your New Lifestyle

Shag, inspired by 1950’s and 60’s architecture, lifestyle and interiors, participated in an Australian art show celebrating the mid-century era, broadly defined as “mid century modernism”. In 2007, Outre Gallery hosted a group show celebrating the space age trends of the mid 20th century in it’s Mid Century Modern Group Show.
Josh Agle’s contribution, Welcome to Your New Lifestyle, was heavily inspired by a black and white photo of a display home designed in 1955 by Australian architect, Neil Clerehan. In fact, with the exception of adding life to the painting with a husband, wife, child and an agent welcoming them to their Melbourne “dream home,” the work is nearly an exact reproduction of the classic photograph. Shag even replicated the painting on the wall, First Daughter, by John Brack.  Of course, the furniture of the era is a key component to tie in the modern architecture. Shag was sure to recreate the wall unit designed by Bruce Anderson; the Cord chairs and Calyx lamps by Clement Meadmore, the Sofa by Doube and the occasional table and E2 chairs by Grant Featherston. In fact, the only thing distinguishably different is the obvious use of the familiar and bold use of Shag’s signature orange and green colors, which brings the 50-plus-year-old black and white image to a very fun and vibrant level.

3 Responses to “Welcome to Your New Lifestyle”

  1. Amy Huckaby Says:

    Thank you for this. I LOVE seeing the process of artistic inspiration! It adds a new insight to his work.

  2. Kevin Moran Says:

    @Amy – If you like seeing his influences, rent a movie called “The Party” starring Peter Sellers. His painting, “Welcome to Your Glorious Lifestyle,” has all the elements of that movie. A few years ago, I asked Shag if “The Party” was an inspiration for his painting, “The Drunk Waiter.” Apparently so. He said it was a movie he liked, but his friends didn’t really get it.

  3. ericwkratzer Says:

    It reminds me of how Van Gogh copied the compositions of Millet (subjects, scenery, everything) – I saw an exhibition in Paris years ago that had at least 20 such examples. The difference was that Van Gogh applied his own unique style to these compositions, and that is exactly what Shag is doing here.

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