Snake Jagger is intoxicated with the desert. He captures his ecstatic joy in landscapes that border on the hyper-real. People have called his paintings surrealistic because they present a world that seems to transcend ordinary reality.
Born in Los Angeles in 1955, Jagger spent much of his time in the Palm Springs area where his father was employed by Frank Sinatra. The Southern California outdoor life-style and the glamour of the entertainment world helped shape the artist’s perspective. He managed to combine his dual goals of living close to the land and entertaining people in his ideal career as an artist.
Jaggers paintings are a blend of fact and fantasy. He begins with what he knows best – the California Desert – and transforms that raw material into novel images that amaze and delight. His meticulous technique details every rock and pebble, cactus thorn and palm frond, giving it an intense presence.