New Mexico/Colorado, b. 1940
Jim Wagner is among the most important Taos artists of the last 40 years. His ecstatic paintings of the Taos landscape and witty portrayals of its denizens, human and animal, have established him as perhaps the iconic figure of what has come to be known as Chapter III in Taos art history – the period stretching from the late ‘60s to the present. In his furniture and sculpture, he draws on centuries-old Hispanic designs and makes them his own by incorporating decorative elements, most recently using fused glass, that reflect his impeccable senses of composition, color and inimitable humor.