My work is about layering. It's about 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 and a feeling that there is a story being told beneath the surface.
I’m attracted to the notion that objects found and discarded depict the culture and condition of the society and environment from where they came. As a child, growing up in the desert town of Tucson, Arizona, I was intrigued by things being weathered by the hot sun and was fascinated by the way the sun illuminates the layers, color and texture of the desert floor.
All of this is mirrored in my artwork, with layers of paint, text, images, and found materials. My paintings have an archeological quality with images, textures and color peering from underneath the surface. The layers illustrate the bombardment of time, climate and human consumption while coming together in an abstract composition.
Each series of painting starts with a central idea, and then evolves with this process of layering. The paintings become more complex and engaging as I use the layering to develop the idea and content of the painting further.
William Jaggers grew up In Tucson Arizona. When he was 20 he moved to San Francisco where he studied primary education. He worked as an elementary school teacher for a short time before going to the San Francisco Art Institute where he received a degree in painting.
While at the Art Institute, he studied with Bruce McGaw, Larry Thomas and Shari Lamanet La Londe. He chose 3 artists who had very different personalities and approaches to art. He learned a tremendous amount and feels indebted to each of them. Larry Thomas had the most influence on him. Jaggers say’s that he still remembers conversations and critiques I had with Larry Thomas.
For over 25 years now, he has been making and showing his work. He has also taught art to all ages, including adults. He is currently a middle school art teacher at Convent & Stuart Hall, School of the Sacred Heart - San Francisco.