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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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

Public Collections

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

Literature

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.