Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Fish.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in VT and moved to New York City when I was 18. I studied at the School of Visual Arts with the Hyper-Realist painter Don Eddy and the psychosexual imagist painter Marilyn Minter. I worked as an art handler, gallery attendant, and artist assistant for various galleries and artists. I also worked at an art image library that supplied color slides for art history classes. I was looking at a lot of art, challenging my preconceived ideas about art, and absorbing as much as I could.
I then went to work in the design studio of the Jim Henson Company for a few years before getting involved with technology and computers. That led to several years in education technology and curriculum integration.
I was also interested in music and joined a few bands, playing bass and rhythm guitar. Some bands were more “arty” than others but I was mostly interested in the collaborative nature of being in a band. I left NYC in 2005 and moved to Vietnam where I lived for a year and then came to Boston. Aside from a year spent in Washington D.C. I have mostly been in Boston since 2006.
I have a studio at Vernon Street Studios in Somerville and I’m an adjunct teacher at Massart and Lesley University.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a painter and printmaker interested in the figure. My work often depicts a single figure or a group of figures in an atmospheric space to create an open narrative that the viewer can reflect on. I work from photography while experimenting with the formal qualities of paint, mark-making, and color to change the way a photographic image is read. I explore the harmony and discord between representational imagery and abstraction. My aim is to invite the viewer to consider the time we live in and how image creation in contemporary society has changed the way we view, read, and share images. I am also interested in the figure as it relates to the human experience, particularly in urban environments, and how psychology, memory, and time are conjured through diverse interpretations of the paintings.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Look at as much art as you possibly can and devote yourself to making your own art above everything else. You should be disciplined and committed to working regularly like it’s a full-time job. Even if you already have a full-time job! Your devotion and focus will make you feel so much more fulfilled.
I always wanted to be an artist so I started treating it like a job. This mental shift helped me prioritize my artwork over all the other things I had to get done in a day. Even when I’m not feeling inspired or creative I go to my studio to work. There’s always something to do. And I try to make a lot of work. I’m often working on several things at once.
Of course, success can be defined commercially, or philosophically, but it also involves a certain degree of luck. Maintaining a positive outlook can help with this. Also, engaging with fellow artists, curators, collectors, and anyone else who shows an interest in your creativity will help. But the one thing you really have control over is getting your work done. So work work work.
Being an artist is a life-long pursuit. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so strategize for the long haul and enjoy the scenery.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have an active Instagram feed ( @wanderingfisheye ) where I post my finished work, work in progress, and the art of other people who inspire me. I also have a portfolio website at andrewfish.art where you can see a collection of my paintings and prints. I exhibit regularly at commercial and academic galleries and currently have paintings available through Sloane Merrill Gallery, Childs Gallery, and 13 Forest Gallery. I also sell paintings through a gallery in Manchester UK as well as websites Artsy and Saatchi.
- Address: Andrew Fish
- Website: www.andrewfish.art
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @wanderingfisheye