IAN FISHER | CLOUD STUDY
Nov 21, 2020 – Jan 9, 2021
Robischon Gallery is pleased to present Ian Fisher’s “Cloud Study,” an intimate approach in consideration of the vastness of the shared sky above with his signature cloud paintings, primarily distilled to their most diminutive essential forms on canvas and paper. Intended not only as sublime representations of what clouds actually are – formations as a result of amassed water droplets, the paintings are also an expression of the timelessness of ever-changing forms and creativity itself. Carrying equal value are the imaginative responses from both Fisher and the viewer when interpreting the artful cloudscapes as the artist deftly sets the stage for psychological investigations between the wondrous and sublime, whether voluminous cumulous clouds or representations of virga – rain that does not reach the ground. For the artist, it is in the possibilities inherent in his subject, his medium and in abstraction where the artist’s interest lies – what is found within the layered mark-making of paint. The accumulated brushstrokes of the elemental and the shifts in color and orientation are the result in his ongoing examination of the act of painting. To each viewer, the cloud formations, through the artist’s hand, may recall a personal observation and/or the direct sense of Nature’s cyclical aspects. For Fisher, it is also thorough evidence of his commitment and submersion into a demanding realm for a painter – one both highly subjective and nature-bound.
Ian Fisher received a BFA from the University of Colorado, and his paintings have been featured in multiple solo museum exhibitions including; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Outdoor Arts; Rocky Mountain College of Art; The Art Base; Design’s Rude Gallery; and the Buell Theater. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art biennial exhibition of 2015, First Draft: Biennial of the Americas at McNichols Civic Center Park, and Colorado State University’s Curfman Gallery. His work was featured at the Arvada Center’s 40th-anniversary exhibition in 2016. Fisher was most recently the recipient of a Birch Creek Artist residency, a Richard Estes painting residency, and earlier, a two-year residency at Redline, Denver, where his work has also been frequently exhibited as part of the program’s non-profit outreach to all parts of Denver’s art community. Fisher’s paintings are in the public collections of Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, as well as numerous corporate and private collections.