Opening Reception: January 13th, 6 – 8 PM
On view through March 4th, 2017
Art Palace is proud to present Seen, the first solo exhibition by Houston painter Sarah Fisher. Working in oil on canvas, Fisher continues the tradition of portraiture with her vivid likenesses of people she knows, loves, and encounters. These portraits arouse a sentimentality that is scarce in contemporary painting; Fisher’s ambition is to record the need to be authentically seen.
Often cropped tight and to the edge, the figures in Fisher’s human-scale paintings peer directly at the viewer. Fisher is not overly concerned with the physical settings, and does not hesitate to revise or omit structural elements. She instinctively situates the sitter within the frame of the canvas, organizing the pictorial space with emotional fidelity. In places, Fisher harmonizes the sitter and setting. In one work, she blends a man’s shirt collar into the color field laying beyond; in another, a woman’s yoga pant clad lap sinks into a light-devouring black velour chair.
Fisher honors the subjects in her work with skillful and exuberant observation. Her work shows respect toward the very human process of seeking comfort and self-love.
After a long career in marketing, Sarah Fisher moved to Houston where she is currently a studio fellow at the MFAH Glassell School’s BLOCK program. Her work has been featured in several local exhibitions and her previous studio practice includes studies at the Hampstead School of Art in London.