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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
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
Richard Hagerty along with two other artists. He has two other times
selected as the Piccolo Spoleto poster artist, in 1984, 1990
the 2003 Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition artist. His work
was the invitation piece for the Spoleto 2011 Auction.
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