The Fall of Icarus (after Bruegel), 2015 / Oil on Canvas / 60 x 60 inches
You're No Good, 2015 / Oil on Canvas / 54 x 54 inches
Portrait of a Lady, 2015 / acrylic on canvas / 54 x 54 inches
Under the Deep, Deep Sea, 2011 / Oil and acrylic on canvas / 44 x 44 inches
Stockton, 2010 / oil and acrylic on canvas / 74 x 80 x 4 inches
Swimming Lesions, December 16, 1994–February 12, 1995 / Two-sided blackboard wall. Acrylic on wallboard, chalk / Each side 12 x 40 feet / Installation at Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas
Stickchart Navigation, 1983 / Enamel and acrylic on wood, acrylic on laminated paper, seashells / 6 feet 10 inches x 22 feet 8 inches x 4 inches / Collection of Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Coriolis Effect, April 23–July 12, 1987 / Green neon, text on wall with tree branches / 17 x 15 x 5 feet / Installation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Collection of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Tutor to a Lunatic, 1996 / Oil and blackboard slating on wood, porcelain knobs / 103 x 84 inches / Collection of High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Private Africa, 1995 / oil on blackboard slating on wood
92 7/8 x 93 9/16 inches
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Bikini, 1987 / acrylic on canvas / 11 ½’ x 18 ½’
Collection of the Krnnert Art Museum, University of Illinois
Man Cutting Globe, 1988 / Acrylic on canvas / 72 x 78 inches / Collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art
84 Sparrows, 1979 / acrylic, graphite, laminated paper / 14 x 30 feet / Collection of the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth
Basutoland, 1986 / neon coil, umbrella, transformer, acrylic text
120 x 120 x 36 inches
Collection of the Arizona State University Art Museum
Baseball Cap, 1978 / photograph / 2 panels each 22 5/8 x 20 inches
Collection of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Movements Among the Dead, January 19–March 6, 1990 / Oil and acrylic on wall / 11’3” x 42’6” x 22’6” / Installation at the Museum of Modern Art: Projects 20, New York
Jocko at Dover, 2009 / oil and acrylic on canvas / 60 x 70 inches
Physics Question, 2008 / mixed media, oil on blackboard on wood / 47 x 57 inches
Screamer, 2008 / oil and acrylic on canvas / 45 x 54 inches
Disconsolate Pairs, 2006 / Oil and acrylic on canvas / 60 x 64 inches
Disconsolate Pairs (DETAIL), 2006 / Oil and acrylic on canvas / 60 x 64 inches
Animal, 2006 / Oil and acrylic on canvas / 48 x 48 inches
Animal (DETAIL), 2006 / Oil and acrylic on canvas / 48 x 48 inches
The Death of Marat, 2002 / Oil, wood and miscellaneous / 27.5 x 91 inches
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.