The Unthropology series of paintings depict traditionally dressed young Polynesian women alongside large tiki carvings. The set of three prints were painted by Josh Agle between 2017 and 2018. Each limited edition print is individually hand numbered and signed by Shag.
The series began with the Wahine Ata Ahua print released on the 20th May 2017 for the Tiki Caliente 9 event at the Caliente Tropics Resort in Palm Springs, California. The edition was released from 3pm at the Shag Store pop-up with Josh Agle in attendance to greet visitors and sign his work. The three-color serigraph was limited to just one hundred copies, measures 8” by 10” (20cm by 25cm), and retailed for US$99. The painting is of a traditionally dressed Maori woman resting beside a large tiki in New Zealand with a Kiwi pecking the ground nearby. Note that wahine ataahua means beautiful woman in Maori.
The series continued with the Uha Rapa Nui print released at the Shag Store pop-up on the 12th August 2017 during the Tiki Oasis 2017 event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, California. Shag attended the show to meet guests and sign purchases. The three-color serigraph was limited to one hundred copies, measures 8” by 10” (20cm by 25cm), and retailed for US$99. The print name uha rapu nui means Easter Island Woman, and she sits beside a Moai (monolithic carved human figure) with a frigatebird perched overhead.
The series concluded with the third print named Aumauri Tapairu released on 19th May 2018 during the Tiki Caliente 10 event at the Caliente Tropics Resort in Palm Springs, California. Shag attended the Shag Store pop-up to meet and greet guests and sign prints. The three-color serigraph was limited to one hundred copies, measures 8” by 10” (20cm by 25cm), and retailed for US$99 (and very annoyingly for US$199 outside of the show). The picture is for the Cook Islands and shows the tapairu (eldest daughter of a chief or a beauty) in front of a carved wooden figure and line of five drying aumauri (light silvery-green fish).
Unfortunately, that was the end of the series according to the Shag Stores in Palm Springs who reported on their Facebook site, and Twitter feed that Aumauri Tapairu was “Part III of III in Shag’s “Unthropology” Series”.