John Sager “gathers the detritus of other people’s lives and assembles the disparate parts into evocative, thoughtful and astonishingly elegant constructions.” Another reviewer praised his insightful collages as “consistently superb.” His palette often includes distressed books and wooden printing blocks, complemented by elements ranging from a sea lily stem fossil to an aluminum cast trailing to a piano key. Literature, music and architecture have seeded his artwork, sometimes blossoming into fruition, always leaving a trace of growth.
His artworks have been exhibited across Texas and from New Mexico to New Zealand. In 2018, he retired from the Blanton Museum of Art after 37 years as a preparator. He also has taught collage. Sager is included in The Art of Found Objects from Texas A&M University Press. His contributions to the International Collage Exchange are part of collections around the world.