Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 11:17:45 :
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, February 9, 2001
Section A, page 26
JAMES JEFFREY STAGG, a well-known local painter, died Jan. 25 at his home in Sausalito.
He was 48 and had been in a coma since suffering a brain seizure in August 1999.
Mr. Stagg's work, mostly oils of the streets of San Francisco, helped start a cityscape school in the 1980s characterized by bold strokes and brilliant color that captured the beauty and energy of urban life. His work influenced a number of other Bay Area artists.
When Bradley Ogden opened One Market Restaurant in the early 1990s, he commissioned Mr. Stagg to produce a painting for his new venture; the finished work was inspired by Ogden's early morning trips to the food markets.
Mr. Stagg had numerous exhibitions, including the annual open studios weekend at Hunters Point, where he maintained a studio for more than a decade. He was represented by the Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco, and a retrospective exhibition of his paintings is being organized for later in the year.
He is survived by his father, Samuel T. Stagg III of Mission Viejo; a brother, Samuel T. Stagg IV of Ogden, Utah; and daughter, Vanette Jones of Salt Lake City.
No public services are planned. Donations may be made in Mr. Stagg's name to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925.
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