Mark Jaeger is a Figurative Sculpture, Contemporary Tribal Masks clay artist his subjects her subjects are heads.
Inspirations include Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, Robert Crumb, Tribal Masks, Superheroes.
BA, the University of California at Davis
Mark Jaeger is a bay area fine artist working primarily in clay. Mark was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and fell in love with ceramics at a very young age. Determined to pursue a career in clay Mark studied Art and Ceramics at UC Davis under the direction of Annabeth Rosen and Wayne Thiebaud. Since completing his degree at UC Davis in 2002 Mark has been teaching Art and Ceramics full time while also maintaining a constant studio practice. In 2012 Mark was commissioned by Clinton Reilly to create large-scale portraits in clay of San Francisco’s earliest founding figures. 8 of these have now been permanently installed in the iconic lobby of the Merchant Exchange Building at 465 California Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Mark currently lives in Marin County with his wife and two kids. His work is collected and exhibited both regionally and internationally.
“My work explores the human condition through concepts of personal and social identity. I’m interested in how we project ourselves, our culture, our history, our purpose, our morality… and how that projection is both perceived and interpreted by society and by our own selves. What is indeed our true self, our true intention… and what is an image, a fabrication, or façade manufactured for social purpose? If we can pause and consider our identity we may, in fact, peel through the layers of what divides or unites us: what we inherit, what we choose, and what has been forced upon us.”