Jul 16, 2020 - Sale 2541

Sale 2541 - Lot 170

Price Realized: $ 6,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
"Shannon." Original drawing of actress/model Shannon Tweed, 1983. Published in Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel, edited by Jeffrey Book (New York: Alfred Van der Marck Editions, 1985, page 50.) Graphite on board. 1067x965 mm; 42x38 inches. Signed in lower right corner. Displayed in a 42 1/2x35-inch archival deep-set frame of black wood and plexiglass.

Provenance: Mirage Editions; private collection, California (1983).

Patrick Nagel's redefined 1980s Art Deco style became an iconic visual of the decade. Among his favorite subjects was the Canadian actress and model Shannon Tweed. He made several images of her, including an acrylic painting of this drawing. Nagel's large-scale artworks on board are uncommon; he created only a few of them, primarily for his major exhibition at Dyansen Gallery in New York City.

At the time of its creation in 1983, Tweed's career and life were reaching new heights; she was living in the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Hefner after having won the title of Playmate of the Year for 1982, began appearing in films (she would become famous in the erotic thriller genre), and met her future husband, rock star Gene Simmons, bassist and vocalist of the band Kiss. Between 2006-2012, the two became reality television stars with Gene Simmons Family Jewels, the A&E series that portrayed the life of her family.