Archive for August 18th, 2008

What experience has shown me is that is takes your life to become an artist.

August 18, 2008

Eric Fischl

Born in New York City, he earned a reputation as a New Image painter of the Post Modern movement, known for provocative, harshly realistic figure and genre scenes.

His interest in art began in 1968 when he worked in Phoenix, Arizona delivering patio furniture and became friends with a fellow truck driver who was attending art school. Fischl attended Junior College and then Arizona State University where he studied with Bill Swaim who encouraged him to apply to CalArts.

He earned a B.F.A. Degree from the California Institute of Arts at Valencia in 1972 and became an assistant professor of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax from 1974 to 1978. He also returned to the California Institute to teach art and then established a studio in New York City.

His narrative work, loaded with connotations of domestic drama, has recognizable figures and theme, a rebellion against the prevalent total abstraction. Others New Image painters are David Salle, Robert Colescott, and Georg Baselitz.