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Julian Sagers was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a senior in his last semester, working toward a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in printmaking from the University of Utah. His work emphasizes, in small to medium format, intaglio or relief prints with concepts related to deviations from the expected sexual or gender norms and response to the role society plays in defining normality. His work is highly figurative, emotive and representational with attention to draftsmanship.
He has emphasized in mezzotints and aquatints, for their supple nature of value and how well the mediums translate a drafted form while still maintaining an organic mark and somber mood, resonating with aspects of his theme such as isolation, melancholy and figurative and animalistic forms.
Julian has organised a portfolio, “Direction”, that was exhibited at the 1st Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance symposium, held in Boise 2011. This included students from the Universities of Colorado, Utah, Indiana and Washington State. Recently, he had a print selected for the Bradley International Print and Drawing Juried Exhibition 2013, and in 2012 exhibited work in the “Transgender Education Awareness Month Art Show” in Salt Lake City at the Gray Wall Gallery.
My work explores gender and sexual roles, deviations from the expected norms and the conflicts that arise as result. In the present cultural climate a black and white expectation of reality is forced onto the bell-curve of h