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Image courtesy of Ochi Gallery.

Matthew F. Fisher

b.1976, Boston, Massachussetts

​​Matthew F. Fisher’s work exists in the space between the universal and personal. His paintings live within this memory-as-reality, semi-rational in their structure. The meditative process through which he works is reflected in the calmness of his paintings. Fisher slowly and intentionally layers acrylic and ink onto the canvas, rendering objects with such dimension and volume that they appear sculptural against flat, gradient backgrounds. Inspired by childhood memories of spending time near the water and contemplating the vastness of the ocean, Fisher often paints seascapes featuring recurring motifs such as seagulls, crustaceans, and the rising and setting sun. Using the language of landscape painting as the middle ground between figuration and abstraction, Fisher simultaneously references past, present and future. This nod creates a limbo between polarities of natural and artificial, action and frozen, real and imagined and is where the narrative starts, and like the painted image, is finished in the viewer's mind.


Matthew F. Fisher lives and works in New York, NY. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2000) and his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design (1998). Fisher has had solo exhibitions at SHRINE, The Hole, Ochi Projects, Over Under Room, Johansson Projects and Taymour Grahne Gallery. Fisher’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Spazio 22, Milan, Italy; Work Release, Norfolk, VA; and The Breeder, Athens, Greece. Fisher is the recipient of residencies and awards including a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2016), Yaddo (2015, 2007), a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship (2010), and the Millay Colony for the Arts (2005). 

Matthew F. Fisher, The Mountains of the Moon, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 29 x 36 in. web.jpg

Matthew F. Fisher, The Mountains of the Moon, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 29 x 36 in.

Matthew F. Fisher, To Turn into Wind, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 8 in.

Matthew F. Fisher, Landmarks and Spacing, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

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