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WILLIAM JAGGERS

ARTIST BIO:


I grew up In Tucson Arizona and moved to San Francisco when I was 20. I studied  primary education and worked  as a classroom teacher for a few years before going to the San Francisco Art Institute where I received a degree in painting. 


While at the Art Institute, I studied with Bruce McGaw, Larry Thomas and Sam Tchakalian.  I deliberately chose 3 artists who had very different personalities and approaches to art. I learned so much and I am indebted to each of them.  Larry Thomas had the most influence on me. I still remember conversations and critiques I had with him.  


For over 25 years now, I have been making and showing my work. I have also taught art to all ages, including adults. I’m currently a middle school art teacher at Convent & Stuart Hall, School of the Sacred Heart - San Francisco. 




ARTIST STATEMENT: 


To William Jaggers, the understanding of heritage, history, and the evolution of culture are important. He is attracted to the notion that objects found and discarded, reflect 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, he 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.

 


All of this is reflected in Jaggers artwork, with layers of paint, text, images, and  found materials. His paintings have an archeological quality with images, textures and color peering from underneath the surface.  The layers represent the massive onslaught of constant media flow and product consumption 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 intriguing as the artist uses his free association with  the layering to develop the idea and content of the painting further.