Even though he’s originally from New Jersey and never went to art school or any college for that matter, Wes lang arguably has become one of LA’s most successful artists. His work – which is hard to find and harder to get, unless you have several thousand dollars to spend on a single painting – Has been described as “a synthesis bristling with icons of pop culture, Old West mythology and calls to post-war art giants”. While spending the past 30 years honing his craft, Lan’gs has gained avid fans like Kanye West and Damien Hirst, to name a few. Where is notoriously collaborated with him in merch for his Yeezus 2013 world tour; years later, the pair premiered again for the West Wyoming merch launch.
Lang’s latest project is residential. He paid around $ 5.4 million for a stylish home studio with lots of potential in San Marino, California, an affluent San Gabriel Valley suburb of Los Angeles. Built in ’67 and designed by an accomplished modernist architect John F. Galbraith, the house has been well preserved but was probably enlarged at some point – and it has a unique flair that is still mostly from the 1960s, albeit with a hint of the ’70s and a hangover ball from the’ 80s thrown into the mix.
Located in one of San Marino’s chicest neighborhood pockets, the house sits atop a hill above the street, with a long driveway that climbs gracefully past huge expanses of lawn grassy. Behind the doors, an atrium-like entrance is lit by skylights, while wooden double doors open into the home’s decidedly retro interiors. Many rooms feature wall-to-wall carpeting, while the kitchen is a mostly original time capsule that favors function over form. A recessed living room has a fireplace and adjoins an open bookcase with walnut wood paneling, and there is a fireside lounge with views of the courtyard-shaped pool. A bar with a leather-wrapped sink has a through window to serve alfresco guests.
Although the house appears low-slung and relatively unassuming from the street, it is actually the size of a mansion, with almost 7,000 square feet of living space. It’s also mostly one-story, which means lots of hallways, long hallways, and certainly a lot of walking – perfect for the art exhibit, so to speak. Off the central hallways are three large bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
There’s also a surprisingly massive formal dining room, as well as a huge space the list calls an “entertainment area” at the back of the house. This space sports a carved oak bar, family room and billiard room, as well as a particularly dated tiled floor. Stairs lead up to a loft-like bedroom and a bathroom with a jade green carpet which is decidedly outrageous but admittedly pretty awesome in its way of flouting trends.
And Lang, 49, still owns his “starter” home in LA – a striking mid-century modern home in the hills of Los Feliz overlooking Griffith Park. He paid $ 2.6 million for this three-chamber boom in 2017, per case.
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