Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Gemini

The Gemini, Rust Mono Print, Vintage Linen mounted to Panel, 11x11 in.

Gemini is one of the brighter constellations of the Zodiac. In the Northern Hemisphere, it lights up the early evening sky from January until May.

The constellation is said to represent the twins of Greek myth Castor and Polydeuces. These brothers are also known as the Dioskouroi or Dioscuri, meaning “sons of Zeus.”  In Latin they are called the Gemini.

Myths differ but in the best know story of their parentage and birth, their mother Leda, a Queen of Sparta, was seduced by a swan that turned out to be Zeus.  Amorous Leda soon thereafter also conceived by her husband Tyndareus and gave birth to an egg or eggs that contained the male twins Castor and Polydeuces and female twins Helen and Clytemnestra.  These siblings play significant roles in the many myths that describe the Trojan War, Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece and even the Theseus myth.

Castor and Polydeuces are sometimes both mortal, sometimes both divine and sometimes one divine and the other mortal.  However the myth is told, they are devoted to each other and when Castor was slain in battle, his grieving twin begged their father Zeus to reunite them.

He placed them in the night sky where to this day Castor and Polydeuces shine as the constellation Gemini and as testament to the constancy of brotherly love.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Night Cometh, Still Working

Outside / In Fisher Studio


Night Cometh!  Our season of sun and long hours to work and to play in is fading.  Where did the Summer go?  I am very thankful for the long hot August days I’ve had to “Rust Print” in and appreciative now of Puget Power and Light to extend the workday beyond the Biblically allotted 12 hours of light!  And I’m taking full advantage of all the light-emitting diodes in my new studio to complete what I have started in Summer light!

Inside / Out  Fisher Studio

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Rust Prints in Process

I have been grinding plates, cutting Mylar stencils and making rust happen in the August heat. Vashon Island rarely exceeds the mid 80's but that's the perfect temperature to make rust prints!  Here are a few shots of two prints in process.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Unclad 2016, "Hylas, Lost to Love"

"Hylas, Lost to Love" Rust Monoprint, 14x14 in.

I just returned from Edmonds, WA and the Unclad 2016 Exhibition.  After a hiatus of several years, art director and promoter Gale Picken (66 Events) recreated and moved her themed show from Stanwood, WA to the Edmonds, WA Yacht club.  I was delighted to once again exhibit in this venue and with 90 wonderful artists from across North America.  Unclad 2016

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

"The Tweedles,"  48 x 16 in.
"Croquet Party."  27 1/2 x 15 in.

Roby King's "Wonderland"  2015  Exhibit celebrates the 150th year of Lewis Carroll’s
"Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" & "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There"!

December 4th-January 2, 2016
Opening Reception: First Friday  Dec 4th  6-8pm    

Above are my mixed media bas-relief panels on exhibit in "Wonderland".

Thursday, October 22, 2015

It's About Time

I'm currently exhibiting work at Plymouth Church in Seattle.  Above is "The Mill of Time," a Rust Monottype with Gold Leaf, 30x30 in.  And below is "Vortex of the Eternal Now," also a Rust Monotype with Gold Leaf and with the same dimensions.

"The Mill of Time" and "Vortex of the Eternal Now" celebrate with process and image the mystery of Time.  Measurable but elastic, time is experienced only in the present but is anticipated as future and remembered as past!  

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Printmaker's Hand III

"Europa"  Brian Fisher, Monotype Print, 25 x 25 in.

I am delighted to have my Monotype Prints, “Europa” and “The Caledonian Boar,” exhibited in “The Printmaker’s Hand III”!

Corvidae Press Guild of Port Townsend WA in association with Northwind Arts Center, also of Port Townsend WA, are hosting “The Printmaker’s Hand III”, an exhibition of fine art prints, September 4th - 27th, 2015. 

The opening reception is September 5 in conjunction with Port Townsend’s Art Walk.  On September 6, Juror, Sam Davidson owner/director of Seattle’s premier print gallery,  Davidson Galleries, will talk about the art of print and the juried work chosen for exhibition in “The Printmaker’s Hand III”.

Northwind Arts Center is located at 701 Water Street, in the historic Waterman & Katz Building, Port Townsend WA.  Find more details about the show, location and Sam Davidson’s talk here “The Printmaker’s hand III.”  And link here to more information here about  the Corvidae Press Guild.

* I just heard that my Monotype "The Caledonian Boar" received an Honorable Mention award in the show!

"The Calydonian Boar"  Brian Fisher, Monotype Print, 14 x 14 in.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Born to Print, Monotype Workshop!

Good friend and art compatriot, Ilse Reimnitz and I share the billboard in a couple upcoming shows.(Corvadie Press’s “Printmakers Hand III” and “B2 Gallery Fall Exhibit” in September-November).

In mid August we also taught a Monotype workshop at Ilse’s gorgeous print/paint studio.   We’re equally passionate about print process and in this class we felt particularly well matched with six print curious artists that were so obviously born to print!  Here are just a few images from a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 28, 2015


"Adrianople"  Monotype print & Gold Leaf   Artist, Brian Fisher

711 Saint Helens Avenue, Suite 100
Tacoma, WA. 98402

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

September 26 – October 24, 2015

Artist Reception: Saturday, September 26, 2015 | 5-8pm

"Adrianopple" is one of the Monotypes I am showing at B2 Gallery's Fall "Pop Up" Exhibition in September. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Warriors Waiting

"Warriors Waiting", Monotype Print with gold Leaf mounted to panel.
“Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I am currently reading and enjoying Clockwork Angel, Cassandre Clare's book one of "The Infernal Devices".  I think I enjoy it because her Nephalem and Demon characters are heroes with weaknesses and shortcomings.  They are flawed and therefore real in their struggle to overcome plot circumstance (life).  There is an edge of realism in the struggle with oneself that is missing when a Hero is too complete and is inspirational when a character that we identify with is, like us, not perfect. 

My Monotype Print, "Warriors Waiting" explores conflict of heart and duty in the hours before an ordained  circumstance.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tile Workshop with Cory Winn

"Birth of Athena"  8 x 4 in.
 A couple times this summer I have taken tile workshops with Vashon Island artist Cory Winn.  She makes truly exquisite and intricately patterned pottery, objects, tiles and tile installations.  Influenced by early English arts and crafts and medieval illustrations, Cory's work is meticulously crafted and then glazed using the cuerda seca technique.

Cuerda seca, (Spanish for "dry cord") is essentially a wax resist line painted to separate the water-soluble glazes.  It is an ancient technique that can make crisp patterns and multiple colors on fired terracotta sing!
Cory is a great teacher and I am quite taken with the whole process.  You know you are having fun when minutes turn to hours and an afternoon has flown!

My tile at left celebrates the cerebral birth of Athena, Goddess of wisdom, daughter of  Zeus and the Titan Metis.

When Zeus heard the prophecy that a child Metis bore would usurp his thrown, Zeus tricked Metis into turning herself into a fly and promptly swallowed her.  She was however already pregnant with Athena and nine months later Zeus experienced the mother of all head aches. When he could no longer stand the pain, Prometheus (or Hephaistos, according to some) struck the head of Zeus with an axe, and from his crown Athena sprang, clad in armor and already the embodiment of heroic endeavor.    

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Oracle at Delphi," Celebrating Sacred Space

Plymouth Church of Seattle celebrates the opening of their newly remodeled sanctuary.  This beautiful renovation includes lighting, new paint, ceramic tile floors, acoustic wall configurations and an astonishing new ($2.4 million) pipe organ.

Modeled after the Cavaille-coll organ at St. Francoise Church in Lyon, France, it will be the only purely authentic French Romantic organ in the Pacific Northwest.  I look forward to the performances!

The Sanctuary Improvement Project Committee, improvement donors and all who were involved will be acknowledged in the grand reopening on Sunday, May 3, at 4 PM.  The Susan Pascal Trio and Plymouth Church Choir will perform in celebration.

I am so honored that Janice Randal, Plymouth's Director of Communications,    selected my steel and wood sculpture, "Oracle at Delphi" to be part of Plymouth Church's inaugural exhibition!

The sanctuary and sculptural exhibit will be open on Seattle's First Thursday Art Walk on May 7.  Plymouth Church is at: 1217 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101-3199