Jager, born 18 May 1938 in Groningen, in 1966 took up restoring antiques
and refurbishing interiors to his original designs. From this evolved his
career as an artist. As a hobby he practised marine diving. The sights he
encountered on the sea floor and the creatures living and growing in the
salt water have never failed to inspire him; hence his art often entails
giving shape to marine life in a 'solidified' form. He makes use of a
variety of materials, ranging from oil paints and cardboard to stainless
steel and wood. On his travels he was, and still is, fascinated by the
sculptural shapes resulting from erosion and caving by turbulent water.
Besides he has a keen interest in fossils - petrified life forms - and in
ancient civilizations with their legends and mythology.
1993 he became a full-time artist. His current work largely consists of
plastic shapes on panels and canvas. He 'models' his paintings. With his
hands he works a special liquid medium on a panel or a canvas until it
sets. The result consists of colourful, three-dimensional, vaulted,
puckered or wrinkled seafloors with protuberations like craters, fungal
and coral growths, which the true sea-diver will immediately associate
with sea life - half vegetable, half animal.
Jager's work inevitably evokes a sense of probing the primeval origin of
all that the earth has brought forth.
Jager is convinced that the amazing shapes of nature, evolved under the
influence of the four elements, can never be equaled by an artist. Still,
through his inspiration and enthusiasm he succeeds in creating sculptures
with a similar magic.
Groningen artist Fred Jager is known as a somewhat eccentric, free artist.
His work may therefore be regarded as non-mainstream, reflecting his very
personal style. His panels and sculptures are marked by plastic shapes
making up rich, imaginatively composed structures. With deft finger work
he 'models' his material into bizarre, intriguing, earthy representations.
The sea, the mountains and the fossil world are his sources of inspiration.
The earth has a story to tell."
Appointments for visiting his studio may be made
Visit also Erna Jager's website