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Dissonance can be used to evoke feelings of tension, suspense, horror, or even sadness. In music dissonance is in fact the prime element in the harmony that creates movement. My work is about finding the balance between dissonance and harmony.

This is reflected in my work by the layering and the coming together of texture, color, movement, and brushwork, all of which create an archeological quality in each piece. This layering often gives my work a narrative element, which is meant to address the viewers powers of association.

Each painting starts with a central idea, then evolves with this layering process. The paintings become more complex and engaging as I use layering to develop the idea and content of the painting further.


William Jaggers is an abstract expressionist painter living in Northern California.  He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute where he received a degree in painting. 

In his second year at SFAI Jaggers was included in the San Francisco introductions.  He was featured as an important emerging Neo-Expressionist painter at Breckenridge Gallery.

From 1996 to 2016 he mainly worked on collaborative paintings with Outsider artist Momo.  These paintings were expressionistic works with a social and political satire narrative. Their paintings were championed and promoted by Lawrence Ferlinghetti who also collaborated with Outsider artist Momo. 

William Jaggers is also a member of the Global Arts Project (GAP) which is a group of over 60 international artists who work collaboratively and show their work in several international locations. 

Jaggers shows his work in various international locations including Mexico, Belgium, Spain, Italy and the United States. 

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