Event Artist

2018 Luau & Legends of Surfing Event Artist




Shag is a painter, designer and illustrator working in Southern California. His distinctive artistic style draws from commercial illustration from the past five decades, but the work is imbued with an attitude and sly sense of humor which is unmistakably of our time. Solo exhibitions of Shag's work have been held in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and South America.

The paintings themselves celebrate consumerism and consumption on vividly colored sharply rendered panels; the characters drink, smoke and eat in lavish, stylish surroundings. But Shag sees the visuals of his work as window-dressing or stage scenery. He's more concerned with the themes and narratives in the paintings, and the meanings a viewer might find when he looks at a piece of Shag art.

Shag lives with his wife and children in a mid-century home overlooking a peaceful wooded valley, much like homes he paints in his art. He considers Palm Springs, California his second home and is an enthusiastic booster for the city. In 2009 The Shag Store opened in Palm Springs. It is the world's first retail boutique and gallery dedicated solely to his art, prints and merchandise, and has quickly become a must-see destination for people visiting the city.

Past Event Artists

2018 - SHAG

2017 - Steve Sherman

2016 - John Comer

2015 – Matt Beard

2014 – Heather Brown

2013 – Pete Cabrinha

2012 – Kevin Walsh

2011 – Robb Havassy

2010 – Jeff Yeomans

2009 –John Holm

2008 – Norm Daniels

2007 – Aaron Chang

2006 – John Van Hamersveld

2005 – Wade Koniakowsky

2002 – Michael Deas 

2001 – John Severson

1998 – Ken Auster

1997 – Mike Doyle

1996 – Michael Cassidy

1995 – Ken Auster

1994 – Frank Mondo

Thank you to all of the artists who have contributed in past events.