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“Mother” by Ana Bagayan

Just above is a brand new painting I’ve added to my collection, Mother by the super talented Ana Bagayan, which is currently on display for all to see at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City. Over the weekend I made the trek up to LA for the show’s opening reception, which also features the incredible work of Yoko Tanaka and Judith Schaechter. This is a very strong show, with the proverbial “something for everyone” (which isn’t exactly true… there’s only so much “something” that three people can produce, so satisfying “everyone” might be an art-blog exaggeration).

In any case, I liked what I saw, and decided to plunk down a little bit of cash on another painting by Ana Bagayan.

This painting, in it’s cool black oval frame, was the centerpiece of one gallery wall, flanked on either side by six small diamond shaped “baby animal portraits” — the offspring of “Mother” — which was a really cool way to tie together her central theme of mother nature.

Pretty much all of Ana’s paintings were sold, or mostly sold, or close to sold, or almost promised… anyway, all but a couple of paintings sported Red Dots of Purchase, so get on the phone and call the gallery if you want to nab that last painting (if it’s still available, that is).

Next… figuring out where I’ll hang this beautiful piece once I get it home in another month or so!

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Friday night I attended the preview reception for Shag’s new exhibit at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, and had a wonderful time gazing at Shag’s new shrink-wrapped consumable pieces of ready-made art. The show consists of a half dozen large paintings, along with 101 small 6” x 6” mini paintings, each of which were packaged in a cardboard and staple-sealed plastic baggie, then mounted pegboard-style on the wall as if mass produced for sale in Target or Walmart. The presentation and title of the show is a clever and playful take on “Shag as a brand,” with his work now appearing on everything from coasters, to wallets, to custom checks and vintage style lunch boxes.  Pictures… of course!

The Wall o Shag…

More of the mini-paintings (and a quote from Honest Abe) — all of which were sold out within moments of the doors opening.

A close up of one of a Genuine Shag Painting!  The writing on the lower right of the cardboard says, “Made in USA.  Ages 6 and up.”

The six large paintings were all really great.  Here’s a picture of three…

The two REALLY large paintings were each 8 feet wide and sold for $36,000 apiece. The painting I purchased, The Mentalist is there between the two large paintings, and it’s significantly smaller… maybe 3 feet wide including the frame and matting. It looked great and I can’t wait to bring it home and hang it in my upstairs lounge.

Ah… but apart from the paintings on display, the exhibit featured something wholly unexpected….

A cool, swingin’n’swanky, bachelor pad house!

The house would have been right at home in Palm Springs… or a Shag painting, and positioned as it was in the very center of the large gallery space, it was clearly the focus of the exhibit.

A picture facing the house, as you saw it from the front door of the gallery. The Mentalist can again be seen on the right side of the photo.

Dig the crazy angles on that roof!

And like any decent mid-century modern one could envision overlooking a desert oasis, floor-to-ceiling windows provide the view from the living room (complete with shag carpet, plastic furniture and fine art on the wood paneled walls.

The photo above was taken through the side windows, looking into one of the two small connected rooms. Let’s take a step inside for an Architectural Digest tour, shall we?

How about that sickly green shag carpeting and that laminated wood paneling, huh?

A shot of the living room, with patrons outside admiring The Bear of the Ball.

To the left is more of the living room, complete with an orange faux stone fireplace and sunburst wall sconces. Throughout the evening small children took great join in curling themselves into the fireplace; no doubt something they are not allowed to do at home.

Below is a long shot of the dining room with a nice round covering of orange shag.












Loooooooove the lamp, yes?

I have no idea who these kids belonged to, but they were right at home in the Shag Pad.

Yours truly taking a turn in the fine wire mesh chair…

Alas, I had no cocktail. Shag, on the other hand, did (not that spectacular martini with requisite green olive). Here, I believe he is being lectured for not installing a wet bar.

Running amok in the ultimate space age playhouse for art conscious kids.

I ended the evening at a cool restaurant not far from the gallery. Here’s a picture of the table, which I took in the reflection of some kind of shiny metallic orb above our table while dessert and coffee was being served. Mostly, gallery folks, collectors, a couple of art students, and Shag there on the middle right .

“Conspicuous Consumption” will be running from September 15 to October 20 at Billy Shire Fine Arts. Be there.

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Taking a quick break from all the hype, er, focus around my exhibit at the Pannikin, I’ve added a new painting to my collection… my very first Shag! Pictured above is “The Mentalist,” one of the new pieces that will be on display at Shag’s upcoming show at Billy Shire Fine Arts. The exhibit —  “Conspicuous Consumption” — opens this coming Saturday with a reception from 7 to 10 PM, and includes over 100 small 6” by 6” paintings of many of the motifs and characters Shag has developed throughout the year. Monkeys, tikis, shriners, willowy babes…they’re all there to be gleefully consumed.

“The Mentalist” is one of six large paintings that will anchor the show (this one is 17” by 30”), and I absolutely love the imagery of a suave 1960’s illusionist performing bar tricks in a swanky cocktail lounge. A fine addition to my home… and now appearing for everyone’s viewing pleasure in the collection section of my site.

And now… back to the focus, er, hype, er, shameless self-promotion.

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New to the Collection!

I’m falling woefully behind in keeping the “News” section of my site up-to-date, but you certainly want to hear about Marion Peck’s fine new show at Billy Shire Fine Arts, don’t you? The exhibit opened on the 14th, and I had a nice sneak peek the night before at the VIP preview.

At the top of the page is “Little Baby,” a lovely little portrait I was fortunate to purchase in advance of the sold out show. Yay! I finally have a Marion Peck painting in my collection. Yep, it was red dots all around the room, with all 20 of the new paintings claimed by enthusiastic collectors before the doors ever opened.

Above is a picture of the portrait series, each of which is encased within a resin filled convex frame to give it that oh-so vintage antique feel of formality. “Little Baby” is the first piece in the middle row.

The largest painting in the show is a massive portrait titled “Young Lord Oliver,” measuring in at 80” x 50.” The painting depicts a pasty faced young lad of some means pulling a freakish stuffed toy on a gold chain. The painting is shown below with a small group of people in the foreground to lend the painting some scale. Big? Yes?
One of my favorite paintings in the show is a much smaller piece titled “Bunny Love,” which — as you might expect — depicts bunnies doing what bunnies do. How simple! How cute! How bunny-rific!

The best thing at the show wasn’t on the walls at all. Nope, it was hidden behind a mysterious red curtain. Inside was a popcorn machine with a dutiful attendant handing out bags of fresh, buttery snacks. At the center of the room was an elevated cabinet, colorfully painted with children’s faces on the sides and a grinning face on the front. Above, the words “Look into my eyes!” invited you to lean forward and take a peek inside…

… and through the eye holes you saw the inside of an old time theater, with lighted chandeliers and people filling the seats! On screen was a cute animated film created by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck with a funny sing-song soundtrack (…and the dish ran away with the spoon!). This song was pretty much embedded into everyone’s head by the end of the night.

The exhibit will be running through May 19th, so I highly advise the drive to Culver City to take in the show.

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So… what does one do when he or she opens the latest Juxtapoz and finds their cheesy face smiling back from within one of those photo montages that’s meant to illicit pining sighs of oh-I-wish-I-was-there-with-all-those-cool-people from the magazine’s vast readership??

Well, in my case, I run to my camera and photograph my moment of glory.  Then I run to my computer and create a blog entry to shamelessly announce to the world, “Hey! Look! I’m in Juxtapoz rubbing shoulders with all those cool people who are out doing arty things.”

So, yeah, my photo is in Juxtapoz in a shot taken at the Long Gone John exhibit a couple of months back. I’m standing next to Annie Adjchavanich of Billy Shire Fine Arts, and described as “…collector John Purlia” — spelled right and everything.

Such cheese. Such pompous look-at-me self-promotion. Shameless….

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Two new wonderful pieces have added to my art collection — Jungle Radio by Ryan Heshka, and Salve Regina by Daniel Martin Diaz. The Heshka painting is currently on display in “Triple Threat,” showing at Roq la Rue in Seattle.  The current photo of Salve Regina doesn’t really do the piece justice (hopefully, I’ll correct that once I get the piece home). In person, the drawing is fairly large and wonderfully detailed, rendered in Derwent Pencil and Mixed Media.  The drawing is part of Daniel Martin Diaz’s “Apocalyptic Resurrection” showing on display at Billy Shire Fine Arts through March 29th. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, this is definitely a show worth seeing in person!

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