Biography

Vernon Fisher is an American artist working in a wide range of media, best known for his skillful combinations and juxtapositions of image and language.

 Vernon Fisher was born in 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas. He studied English literature at the Hardin-Simmons University, where he received a BA in 1967. Vernon got his MFA in 1969, from the University of Illinois. As a true Fort Worth child, Fisher was raised and is still living in his hometown, where he enjoys appreciation as one of the Texas’s most internationally recognized artists.

The mid-1970s was the period when Vernon Fisher started his artistic career, in the era marked by the legacies of Pop and Conceptual art. This mixture of styles created a unique fusion between painting and installation, in that way shaping new inspiring compositions derived from juxtapositions of language and imagery. Influenced by this period in contemporary art, but also by artists such as Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari, Fisher began creating his multilayered visual narratives. Resulting works – paintings, installations and collages – represent Vernon Fisher’s view on pop culture and contemporary society, enriched with art-historical and literary references. Often contextualized within a postmodernism, his works shares an influential practice of self-appraisal with Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg.

 Vernon Fisher’s art has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows worldwide, ranging from New Delhi and China to New York. His work has been featured extensively throughout the United States, including many solo exhibitions at venues such as Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Art, and the Hiram Butler Gallery, in Houston, TX. Several retrospectives of his works were held, including Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX in 2010, and most recently, Vernon Fisher: A Retrospective at the Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City, in 2015.

The art of Vernon Fisher is included in the collections of more than 40 museums across the globe, such as the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Phoenix Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The most important museum installation is in the collection of the famous Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

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