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Fisher, James (2016) Doppelgänger. [Show/Exhibition]

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Catalogue and invitation card for Exhibition at Eagle Gallery, London. 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.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: fabrication, spectral encounters, solo exhibition, paintings
Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: James Fisher
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 11:09
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:14

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