It’s always awesome to talk to Shag. And, after seeing a fabulous Instagram post regarding his upcoming event at Downtown Disney on December 2, I reached out to catch up.
As I wrote of Shag in my previous piece, sometimes a specific artist’s work speaks to you in a way no other art can.
Regarding Shag, I will stand by that statement for years to come. But it seems that the artist’s love of Disneyland uniquely speaks to him, as well.
“When I started doing art for Disney, I was trying to capture the feeling I had as a kid when I’d go to Disneyland,” he told me. “I wasn’t that interested in Mickey and the other characters walking around the park – it was the rides and attractions that were the stars.
“I told Disney I had no interest in painting Mickey or Donald.”
Nevertheless, and thankfully Disney understood the concept and moved forward into what became a very fruitful collaboration.
Shag’s works are now some of the most beloved depictions of Disney’s parks – notably Disneyland.
“WonderGround Gallery has dug up some of the old art and created some new prints, and has built a mini-retrospective featuring artwork I did for The Haunted Mansion, Adventureland and the Enchanted Tiki Room over the last ten years,” explained Shag (a.k.a. Josh Agle) of the show. “I’ve done a lot of paintings for Disney that
Those prints and paintings are memory markers, jogging our
And, as Shag told me on a different occasion, ““My favorite world is still the world of grownups in the late 50s and 1960s as seen through the eyes of a kid.”
Now, there’s a whole lot of reasons I wish the Left Coast were more accessible to me. But this one takes the cake.
So, I highly recommend you take your “kid’s eyes” and head over to the WonderGround Gallery on December 2.
The event is free and open to the public, and the artist will be there on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM “to meet and greet and sign things.”
And, if you encounter Shag, tell him Bish sent you!