Friday, November 17, 2017

Eve Modeling Ready to Wear, "The Garden Collection"

"Every myth has a mother, some more stylish than others... 
Hebraic myth doth suggest that Eve dressed better than the rest."

Welcome to the runway!  The first two weekends in December, 2-3 & 9-10, Goddess Eve will be modeling Ready to Wear, "The Garden Collection"!

Step Out, Step Up, YOU CAN SEE THE SHOW!  Stop #5, Brian Fisher Studio, when Vashon Island Artists throw open doors, windows, yards and yardarms in welcome during the Vashon Island Art Holiday Studio Tour!!

Dryad

This is "Dryad", a collograph print depicting my vision of a wood spirit or nymph.  

In Greek drys signifies "oak". Thus, dryads are the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general. 

 Traditionally dryads are female and in myth are often pursued by another woodland creature, the Satyr.  But I thought why should they have all the fun, or unwanted attention, so my dryad is male and experiencing a seasonal change. 

"Dryad" is currently showing at Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island Washington, November 3-27, 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Willow Men





































"The Willow Men," another of my Green Man myth interpretations is currently showing at Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island, November 3-27-2017.
  
The Green Man myth represents a union of humanity and the vegetative world.  He is the sacrificial human connection to the plant cycle of birth, reproduction, revitalization and resurrection. Known by many names through time and a spectrum of cultures, including but not limited to: Osiris, Dionysus, Orpheus, Adonis, Cernnunos, Khidir etc… He is the god born to sacrifice and through his union with the goddess to be born again.  I think that this myth is particularly appealing because the Green Man's seasonal life mirrors our own limited mortality.

"The Willow Men" image is a Collograph. The plate from which it was printed was made by using acrylic medium to attach paper that I had previously embossed to a plexiglass plate.  Any texture thin enough to run through the press—paper, fabrics, acrylic modeling paste, even plants could have been used.  This plate was printed by wiping ink into the low parts and wiping it off (so the ink stays in the grooves) and then rolling other layers of ink onto the high parts of the plate.  

Here are more of my print images from this show at Roby King Gallery : Brian Fisher Roby King Exhibition 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Roby King Exhibition






























Artist Denise Kester and I shared a wonderful opening at Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island Saturday evening.  We are each inspired by myth and pursue our own personal take on that seen and imagined world in monotype and in paint.  Thank you Andrea and Wes, gallery curators and owners, for thinking to pair the two of us and for the opportunity to show with Roby King again!  
Check us out!  Our work will exhibit from November 3-25-2017.  You may preview my contribution to our show here: Brian Fisher Prints and Paintings


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Guardian

"Guardian" oil on canvas, 28 x 24 in.





































Guardian is one of two paintings among many prints in my exhibit at Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island, November 3-27.  I was inspired to reinterpret my monotype print "Guardian" in paint when I read these words from one of my favorite poets, Billy Collins.

"It is hard to speak of these things
how the voices of light enter the body
and begin to recite their stories
how the earth holds us painfully against
its breast made of humus and brambles
how we who will soon be gone regard
the entities that continue to return
greener than ever, spring water flowing
through a meadow and the shadows of clouds
passing over the hills and the ground
where we stand in the tremble of thought
taking the vast outside into ourselves."

from the poem “Directions” by Billy Collins

"The entities that continue to return," are symbolized in the Nyads, Kodama, and Green Men.  They are mythic reminders if you listen and personifications of a cyclic and green world.   They return as stories to remind us - we are of nature.