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Bill Fisher (American, b.1957)
LOT ID: 75106
Knives Out, 2012

Oil, Oil Stick, cold wax on panel
60 х 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm.)
Signed, abd dated '2012' with dimensions in inches and title all in black ink marker on back of wood panel.
Lot description
"Knives Out" (2012)" is one of the most dynamic and visually arresting of the powerful abstract oil and cold wax paintings by Contemporary American painter Bill Fisher (B. Buffalo, NY, US, 1957). This dynamic five-by-five foot is one of the artist's newest paintings from his decade-long series of large-scale oil on panel works that have gained him international acclaim by collectors, curators and critics alike. Painting in a post-modern environment, Fisher's work combines his experiences of living and painting in New York City in the 1980's, his interest in street art, and the admitted influence of artists such as Basquiat and Twombly.
Knives Out" is a magnificent example of Fisher's completely assured and rigorous thematic vocabulary and iconography, with bold colors and content, such as the large bladed knife and arrow that are depicted in a naive, almost cartoonish manner. The confluence in this work of a bold and colorful shapes, dots, objects, tic-tac-toe boxes, and scrawled text are all tempered by Fisher's iconic cool, white background. This work is Fisher at his best, with a unique compilation of visual information, appropriated diagrams, icons and signage that are singular in their manner of expression and composition. This work measures 60 x 60x 2 inches and is unframed and in excellent condition.

Bill Fisher (B. Buffalo, NY, US, 1957) is represented in New York by the prestigious O.K. Harris Gallery, and was mentored by its esteemed Director, gallerist Ivan Karp, the legendary early director of the Leo Castelli Gallery, NY. It was Karp who discovered Fisher's work nearly 10 years ago and signed him immediately. The work of the Bill Fisher is in select Private, Museum and Corporate Collections including the Collection of Sidney and Frances Lewis, The Harry Thalhimer Collection, The Erie Museum of Fine Arts, The Federal Reserve Bank, and three paintings now hang in the formal Washington D.C. office of Virginia State Senator Jim Webb to represent the art of all of Virginia. Fisher was awarded the V.M.F.A. Professional Fellowship Award in 2010. He received his M.F.A from Radford University, and lives and works in Richmond, VA, US. His most recent 6 month solo exhibition took place at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA in 2011-12. The artist lives and works in Richmond, VA.
Knives Out by Bill Fisher
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