James Stagg, Mendocino, 24x18 inches

The World of James Stagg

CARS VEER around sharp street corners and plunge down steep San Francisco hills. Solitary patrons muse in city cafes. Lush green hills merge into bright blue skies. These are the images that populate James Stagg's paintings.

"More than anything," he said, "my paintings are about light and color and sometimes a certain subtle uneasiness that appears in even a seemingly normal daily scene. The night scenes in particular appeal to me for their intrigue, ambiguity and sense of mystery."

James Stagg was one of California's most successful and best-known artists at the end of the 20th century. His paintings of cityscapes and landscapes were exhibited and published widely, and included in many private and corporate collections.

Born in 1952 in Utah, Stagg was educated at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Art Students League in New York. For most of his career he lived and worked in and near San Francisco.

James Stagg (1951-2001)