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Born in the late fall of 1961, Lance Kagey lived his early years in multiple cities from Texas to Hawaii finally settling in Southern California. In the second grade he won an art contest drawing a lion with white glue and chalk on black construction paper. His father a mathematician and engineer, his mother a self-taught artist and homemaker, Lance grew up in the affluence of Orange County. He was strongly influenced by both the analytic logic of his father and the over emotional passion of his mother. From a long lineage of pacifists and preachers, Lance developed a deep-seeded sense of spirituality and empathy.
After attending Biola University as an art major in the early 1980s, Lance embarked on a solo bicycle ride up the West Coast to explore his roots in the Northwest. Initially planning to only stay the summer, he met and eventually married his wife, Dana, in 1985. Highly influenced by the cultural scene in the Puget Sound region, he explored several creative ventures including the comic strip Brownhouse, the band Third Day, the band Circuit Rider, and the band Wallpaper Pie—all the while continuing his fine art endeavors. For an income Lance worked in the printing industry and was exposed to the book arts and other types of fine print work. In 2002 Lance became interested in letterpress as an art form, buying a 1952 Challenge proofpress. Shortly thereafter, Lance cofounded Beautiful Angle, a guerrilla arts poster project in Tacoma, with his friend and fellow creative Tom Llewellyn. Approximately once per month, graphic designer Lance Kagey and writer Tom Llewellyn create handcrafted, letterpress posters and then distribute them around the city's downtown core via wheat paste and staples.
Lance Kagey divides his time, these days, between his artistic endeavors, work as an Art Director for Russell Investments, and community building through his involvement with such organizations as Tacoma’s First Night, New Year’s Eve Celebration.