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.
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 on the desert floor. I’m also attracted to the notion that objects found and discarded depict the culture and condition of the society and environment from where they came.
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 and studied at 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 studied drawing with Shari Lamanet, painting with Bruce McGawLarry and printmaking With Larry Thomas who had the greatest influence on him. Jaggers say’s that he still remembers conversations and critiques I had with Larry Thomas.
In his second year art SFAI Jaggers was included in the San Francisco introductions. He was featured as an important emerging artist by Breckenridge Gallery. Jaggers was described as Neo Expressionist. From 1996 to 2016 he mainly worked on collaborative paintings with Outsider artist Momo. These painting were expressionistic figurative works with a social and political satire narrative. Their paintings were championed and promoted by Lawrence Ferlinghetti who also collaborated with Outsider artist Momo.
Since 2016 Jaggers has been a member of the Global Arts Project (GAP). GAP is a group of over 60 international artist who work collaboratively and show their work in several international locations.
In 2014 Jaggers started exploring and developing purely abstract works. He has been working solely as an abstract painter since 2017.