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Matthew F Fisher | Into the Blue

02-16-2018 12:44 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Johansson Projects

Matthew F Fisher's paintings have been exhibited extensively in California, New York, London, and Atlanta, He is a recipient of residencies and awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Fisher received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Juxtapoz February 2018 Sasha Bogojev
“..Both his ink drawings and acrylic paintings have the aesthetics of vintage futuristic air-brush art, notable through use of precise gradients, conspicuous line work, or bold space imagery. This glossy finish and careful construction is in direct juxtaposition with Fisher's evident hand drawn technique, which adds an indisputable charm to finished works. This contrast is emphasized in almost realistic details such as beach sand which are painted using 10-15 layers of tiny dots in different shades, applied using an old toothbrush. This particular element also confirms his dedication to producing hand-drawn work, using common materials and techniques. Portraying moments that might have happened or will, the NY-based artist freezes these once-in-a-life-time moments into harmonious, perfectly composed images, where just about everything aligns wonderfully…”

SF/Arts Monthly February 2018 Christian Frock
"Evoking the graphic tendencies of 1970s landscapes, the paintings of Matthew F Fisher resonate with a kind of uncertain nostalgia, simultaneously occupying a bygone era of aesthetics and contemporary painting. These highly stylized works draw comparisons to the strange surrealism of Magritte, with undulating water and haloed moonlight as recurring motifs."

Greenpointers: “Thursday Spotlight: Life After Greenpoint, Catching up with Matthew F. Fisher” February 1, 2018 Madeline Ehrlich
“Leaping synchronized waves, stoic ocean rocks, and tides peeling back to reveal glittering sand are all seemingly familiar imagery, but now with a West Coast influence..."The paintings are almost like this snapshot, or a wink in time I am capturing”...A lot of the imagery comes down to a boyhood wonder of the greatness of this universe and trying to understand how we fit into this cosmic ballet.”

Johansson Projects is a contemporary art gallery in Oakland, CA.

2300 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA, 94612

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