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Echinacea 2011
oil on linen, 91.5 x 100cm

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Aldershot 2011
oil on linen, 50 x 45cm

 

JAMES FISHER
Uchiwa – e

4 November – 16 December 2011

 

James Fisher’s recent paintings use a recurrent motif of the Japanese painted Uchiwa-e fan, to construct a series of images within images. Exploring the nature of painting itself, with references to breath, singing and sound, he conveys in these new works a sense of meditative concentration.

For the past year Fisher has studied a collection of Hiroshige’s decorated fans in the V&A, made drawings of singers in Gloucester Cathedral and re-visited the Cantoria of Luca della Robbia in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. Incorporated into the eroded surfaces of his paintings these sources have both a contemporary and historic resonance. The artist says of the images:

“I feel what is drawing me to these things is something to do with the movement of air: an exhalation in the case of the singers, which, whilst silent in the paintings and in della Robbia’s marble, expresses at once an overwhelming sound.”

James Fisher trained at the Royal College of Art and was given an Abbey Scholarship in Painting at the British School in Rome in 2001. He was awarded a PHD by the University of Gloucestershire in 2009 following a series of exhibitions that explored connections between painting, music and text, with particular reference to the poet John Clare and Schubert’s Winterreise.  Recent solo exhibitions include My Hopes are Not Entirely Hopeless, Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2009 and he has featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and BITE at the Mall Galleries, as an invited artist.

Gallery opening hours Wed - Fri 11 - 6, Sat 11 - 4
and by appointment


For further details of both exhibitions please contact The Eagle Gallery on 020 7833 2674 or email: emmahilleagle@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darkness has Cheating Swiftness 2011
oil on linen, 91.5 x 100cm