APRIL 2024 AUCTION,

LOT 265

Logan Maxwell Hagege

b. 1980

Pursuit of Happiness

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas mounted to board

DIMENSIONS: 52 x 54 inches

ESTIMATE: $80,000.00 - $120,000.00

Signed lower right

Signed, titled and dated 2017 verso

SHIPPING DIMENSIONS: 56 x 58 x 3 inches - 50 lbs.

Additional Information

Provenance:
Masters of the American West, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Literature:
Western Art Collector, International Artist Publishing, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2018: cover.
*a copy of this magazine to accompany this lot

Logan Maxwell Hagege’s The Pursuit of Happiness was created for the 2018 Masters of the American West exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. A compositionally complex painting, with subjects appearing on numerous planes, from the sandy foreground to the purple-shadowed mountains in the far background, the piece won Hagege the patrons’ choice award at that year’s show. “Although I have wanted to paint a major piece that featured Taos as the subject for many years and have done several smaller paintings of Taos, I haven’t felt like I had a clear idea for a major piece,” he wrote in the exhibition’s catalog. “Recently, I took a trip to Taos and met up with several Taos Pueblo Natives, an experience that was life changing. This painting—the result of my time in Taos—serves as a representation of gathered experiences rather than a snapshot of a particular scene.”

Trained in Southern California, Hagege originally started painting beach and more classical figurative scenes before turning his attention to the West. Since then, his work has soared into the upper ranks of Western art, particularly Western contemporary art. Sometimes dubbed the “New West”—Hagege prefers “stylized realism”—the sub-genre, which has roots in the 20th century with artists like Maynard Dixon and Fritz Scholder, has found renewed success in the 21st century through Hagege and many of his closest artist friends, including painters Glenn Dean, Jeremy Lipking, Eric Bowman and others. The artist lives and works in Ojai, California.Provenance:
Masters of the American West, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Literature:
Western Art Collector, International Artist Publishing, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2018: cover.

Logan Maxwell Hagege’s The Pursuit of Happiness was created for the 2018 Masters of the American West exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. A compositionally complex painting, with subjects appearing on numerous planes, from the sandy foreground to the purple-shadowed mountains in the far background, the piece won Hagege the patrons’ choice award at that year’s show. “Although I have wanted to paint a major piece that featured Taos as the subject for many years and have done several smaller paintings of Taos, I haven’t felt like I had a clear idea for a major piece,” he wrote in the exhibition’s catalog. “Recently, I took a trip to Taos and met up with several Taos Pueblo Natives, an experience that was life changing. This painting—the result of my time in Taos—serves as a representation of gathered experiences rather than a snapshot of a particular scene.”

Trained in Southern California, Hagege originally started painting beach and more classical figurative scenes before turning his attention to the West. Since then, his work has soared into the upper ranks of Western art, particularly Western contemporary art. Sometimes dubbed the “New West”—Hagege prefers “stylized realism”—the sub-genre, which has roots in the 20th century with artists like Maynard Dixon and Fritz Scholder, has found renewed success in the 21st century through Hagege and many of his closest artist friends, including painters Glenn Dean, Jeremy Lipking, Eric Bowman and others. The artist lives and works in Ojai, California.

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