Janet Fish  (American, 1938) 

Janet Fish (American, b.1938) is an important Realist painter born in Boston, MA, and raised on the island of Bermuda. Her early passions were for sculpture and printmaking, interests fostered by an apprenticeship with artist Byllee Lang during her youth, and the artistic endeavors of her family. She formally studied these subjects at Smith College, and went on to obtain her MFA from Yale University in 1963. While at Yale, Fish attended the Skowhegan Summer School in Maine, an experience which inspired her to move to New York to pursue a career as a painter. She concentrated on still lifes, with renewed focus on the effects of light and reflection on familiar subjects, such as fruit, flowers, and glassware. Using vivid color and masterful brushstrokes, she attempted to capture light’s movement, energy, and warmth on the canvas. In 1971, her visually rich paintings caught the eye of gallerist Jill Kornblee, who offered to represent her work. By 1982, Fish was given her first solo museum exhibition at the Delaware Museum of Art. Her paintings have since been exhibited at and become a part of the collections of a number of prestigious institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

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Janet Fish, Las Terenas


Janet Fish
Las Terenas

J. Johnson Gallery
Janet Fish, BANANAS


Janet Fish

Driscoll Babcock Galleries
Janet Fish, Polka-Dot Bags


Janet Fish
Polka-Dot Bags

DC Moore Gallery
Janet Fish, Monkey Business


Janet Fish
Monkey Business

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Janet Fish, Lorna and Jane


Janet Fish
Lorna and Jane

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Janet Fish, Black Bowl, Red Scarf


Janet Fish
Black Bowl, Red Scarf

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Janet Fish, Birdcage and Daffodils


Janet Fish
Birdcage and Daffodils

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Janet Fish, Watermelon, Bananas, Suzani


Janet Fish
Watermelon, Bananas, Suzani

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Janet Fish, Blue Decanter, Polka-Dot Bowl, Suzani


Janet Fish
Blue Decanter, Polka-Dot Bowl, Suzani

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Janet Fish, Beer and Brandy Glasses


Janet Fish
Beer and Brandy Glasses, 1975
oil on canvas


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Janet Fish, Daisies


Janet Fish
Daisies, 1973-1974
pastel on paper


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Janet Fish, Sarah Swimming


Janet Fish
Sarah Swimming, 1986
oil on canvas


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1938   Born in Boston, MA
1960   BA, Smith College, Northampton, MA
1961   Skowhegan Art School, Skowhegan, ME
1963   BFA, MFA, Yale University School of Art & Architecture, New Haven, CT
  Lives and works in New York, NY and Middletown Springs, VT
2007   DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga Gems II
2006   Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY. The Food Show: The Hungry Eye
2006   Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Painting Summer in New England
2006   Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, 2006 Biennial Contemporary American Realism
2006   Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME. The Figure in American Painting and Drawing 1985-2005
2006   The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2005   Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, Contemporary Women Artists
2005   DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
2004   Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME. The Art of Janet Fish
2004   Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, Janet Fish and Sally Mann
2004   The RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI. Better Still: Looking at Still Life in the Museum Collection
2004   DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY. Everyday Mysteries: Modern and Contemporary Still Life.
2004   LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2003   National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 178th Annual Exhibition
2003   Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, Guaranteed Fresh! Still Life Today
2003   Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY. Facing Reality: The Seavest Collection of Contemporary Realism.
2003   Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainsville, FL. Janet Fish
2002   DC Moore Gallery. New York, NY, Janet Fish/Reflections, Paintings 1968 -2002
2002   DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY Recent Paintings
2001   Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, Alumni Choice Exhibition
2000   The Likeness of Being: Contemporary Self Portraits by Sixty Women, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
2000   DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
2000   The Columbus Museum Columbus, GA
1999 - 2000   Art on the Brink of the 21st Century, Meridian International Center Washington, DC
1999 - 2000   Contemporary American Realist Drawing, Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
1999   The Paintings and Prints of Janet Fish, Marianne Friedland Gallery Naples, FL
1999   Complete Prints and Selected Works of Janet Fish, Chicago Center for the Print Chicago, IL
1999   Janet Fish: New Works and Print Retrospective, Emory and Henry College Emory, VA
1999   Summer Group Show, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1998   Janet Fish, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1998   Janet Fish: Selected Works 1970-1990s, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL
1998   Food for Thought: A Visual Banquet, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1998   Janet Fish: Prints, John Szoke Gallery New York, NY
1998   Contemporary Artists Welcome the New Year, The Jewish Museum New York, NY
1997   The Philbrook Museum of Art Tulsa, OK
1997   To Benefit the National Arts Club & Visual Arts Foundation, Sony Plaza New York, NY
1997   Still Life: The Object in American Art 1915-1995, The Philbrook Museum of Art Tulsa, OK
1997   Four Artists, Four Objects, Fischbach Gallery New York, NY
1996   Janet Fish: Recent Paintings and Graphics, Vered Gallery East Hampton, NY
1996   Starting with Flowers, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1995   Cafe Vered, Vered Gallery East Hampton, NY
1995   Inaugual Exhibition, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1995   Janet Fist, Paintings, Yellowstone Art Center Billings, MT
1994   Marianne Friedland Gallery Toronto
1993   Janet Fish: Catching the Light, The Museum of Arts & Sciences Macon, GA
1992   Aspen Art Museum Aspen, CO
1992   New Viewpoints: Comtemporary Paintings by Distiguished American Women Artists, Seville World Expo 1992 United States Pavilion
1992   Janet Fish: Selected Works, Orlando Museum of Art Orlando, FL
1991   American Realism & Figurative Art: 1952-1990, The Miyagi Museum of Art Miyagi, Japan
1991   Janet Fish: Night Paintings, Robert Miller Gallery New York, NY
1990   Art What Thou Eat, Edith C. Blum Institute, Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1989   Oh Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, Cincinnati Art Museum Cincinnati, OH
1988   Classical Myth and Imagery in Contemporary Art, The Queens Museum Flushing, NY
1987   Contemporary Still Life, The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1987   Robert Miller Gallery New York, NY
1986   Public and Private: American Prints Today, 24th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum New York, NY
1986   Fay Gold Gallery Atlanta, GA
1985   American Realism; 20th Century Drawings and Watercolors, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA
1984   Columbia Museum of Art Columbia, SC
1982   Delaware Art Museum Wilmington, DE
1977   Tolarno Gallery Melbourne, Australia
1976   America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery Washington, DC
1974   Galerie Alexandra Monett Brussels, Belgium
1973   American Drawings 1963-1973, Whitney Museum fo American Art New York, NY
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Australian National Gallery, Canberra, AU
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2004    Janet Fish (exhibition catalogue), LewAllenContemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2002    Culver, Michael, curator. "The Art of Janet Fish," The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Katz, Vincent, excerpt from "Janet Fish Paintings," 2002.
1995    Zimmer, William. “The Ties That Bind Mother and Daughter,” The New York Times, January 1.
1995    Braff, Phyllis. “3D Shapes and Foodstuff,” The New York Times, September 10.
1995    Berlind, Robert. “Janet Fish at Borgenicht,” Art in America, December, p. 89.
1994    Moorman, Margaret. “Janet Fish,” ARTnews, Summer, p. 176.
1991    O’Neill, Molly. “Of the Palate From the Palette,” The New York Times, January 18, pp. C1, C15.
1989    “Janet Fish,” The New Yorker, February 20, p. 16.
1987    Gill, Susan. “Illuminating Janet Fish,” ARTnews (review of Gerrit Henry’s monograph on Janet Fish), December, p. 72.
1985    Russell, John. “Profusion of Good Art by Women,” The New York Times, February 22, p. C20.
1985    Henry, Gerrit. “Recent American Still Life Painting,” ARTnews, March, p. 144.