Matthew F Fisher
Matthew F. Fisher was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976 and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000.
The idea of being an artist chose me. My parents were extremely supportive of my desire to make art and encouraged it throughout my life. Honestly, it was the only thing I was good at as a child. What art is to me is an opportunity to see the world through someone else's eyes and hands. I tend to enjoy other artists who make work radically different from my own. I want to see, feel, and think like they do; as, I can't do that with my own work. Art is an open door to the rest of the world. One just has to look and walk through.
I am always looking and finding inspiration in any number of different places. I love old books for the opportunity to find forgotten knowledge, I prefer illustrations to photographs for the reason stated above, and I always try to surprise myself with the imagery and in turn surprise the viewer. What these paintings are about is the idea of the universal and personal. We have all seen sunsets, waves, stars, the solar system as a whole. But it's the way that we remember those moments that my work is grounded in. These are so big, that for us to understand them they must become small, like memories in our mind.
I am so thrilled to be able to present these paintings to a new audience. I hope you find that what I set out to paint is both familiar and abstract. That our shared experiences allow for others to see what I see, feel what I feel, and understand that deeper meaning behind these works is known. Gained and understood through a life being lived.