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      Surgeon Richard Hagerty began painting before medical school honed his eye and hand coordination. He is a self taught artist who draws his surreal, fantastical imagery from dreams, mythology, history, science and stories. He works in a variety of media, including pen and ink, watercolor and oil. He has been a working artist for thirty years. This former Charleston City Councilman is widely acclaimed for his fantasy paintings in which he utilizes free association to craft psychologically potent dreamscapes. Dr. Hagerty describes his art making process this way, "Painting is the language of the unconscious. The act of painting itself is as close as we get to dreaming in a conscious state." Hagerty explains, "As an artist, I'm not so much interested in the interpretation of dreams as I am in taking the visual journey they open to us." His work recalls that of Dali, Bosch, Brueghel, Kandinsky, Miro, Klee and Chagall. The symbolic art movement preceding World War II and the influence of the iconographic mark making of the Latin American and Asian cultures is evident in his work. Often works are based on the artist's personal myth experiences and their connection to the collective unconscious. His works captured the viewer’s attention with movement, color and a complex story tantalizes far beyond a simple viewing of the work.
     
    Hagerty was commissioned to create the 2008 30th anniversary poster for Piccolo Spoleto and did the 2007 Children’s Festival Poster Artist with his painting “Dream Children.” His solo show during May-June running parallel to the festival attracted hundreds of visitors.  His work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions, throughout the southeastern region, in New York and is in the collection of the Gibbes Museum of Art. The Tippy Stern Fine Art gallery exhibition entitled "Paintings" in May 2001 featured works by Richard Hagerty along with two other artists. He has two other times been selected as the Piccolo Spoleto poster artist, in 1984, 1990 and was the 2003 Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition artist.  His work was the invitation piece for the Spoleto 2011 Auction.

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