16 June – 16 July 2016
“My paintings are like ghost schema, assemblages of images and surfaces that generate spectral encounters.”
James Fisher’s paintings are carefully calibrated. They explore dualities and employ complex visual palimpsests to construct images that are rich with association. Abstract and figurative motifs are laid on different layers of their surfaces, covered over, and re-discovered through sanding back the paint. As a former British School at Rome Scholar, Fisher’s early work was influenced by the study of fresco painting and he retains an approach that allows for time and chance to enter the process of painting. Fabrication – in the sense both of making things and making things up – produces enigmatic and mysterious results.
Many of Fisher’s recent paintings are titled after notable, now forgotten women, or after characters from folklore and comic books. The range of subject matter allows him to conflate biography with fiction, and to borrow from a wide range of visual sources for patterned elements that formally hold in place the more fugitive suggestions of the images.
Fisher’s fourth solo exhibition at the Eagle Gallery coincides with the selection of two works in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and his inclusion in Towards Night – a forthcoming exhibition at the Towner, Eastbourne.
Fisher studied at Brighton University and the Royal College of Art, London and completed a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire in 2009. He has exhibited in numerous solo and mixed exhibitions in the UK and internationally since 2003 and his work is held in collections including Fidelity Investments; the Jerwood Foundation and the Hive, Worcester Co. Council.