Ethel Fisher

Ethel Fisher
Will Barnet NY Studio 1967
Acrylic, printed papers, and graphite on Arches paper.
11.5 x 11.5 inches (29.2 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Ethel Fisher Kott.
© Estate of Ethel Fisher Kott

Fisher studied at the Art Students League in the 1940s, where she befriended fellow artists Henry Pearson and Will Barnet. She spent the 1950s in Miami, developing an abstract style of painting inspired by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, and exhibited in the U.S. as well as in Havana, Cuba. While living in New York again in the 1960s, she began a transition from abstract to figurative work. The circle collages, which she created between approximately 1966 and 1977, bridge that transition, as well as her move to Los Angeles in 1969. Fisher seems to have adopted a set of limited parameters for this body of work. Each collage is framed by concentric circles of acrylic paint in a restricted palette. Within the circular frame, she usually pasted a photograph of artist-friends or family members, which she painted on and around. This is one of a number of works Fisher made that feature her good friend, Will Barnet (1911-2012), as their subject.


Recto: signed and dated, "Ethel Fisher 1967"; verso: upper left, "46. Will Barnet in N.Y. Studio -- "1967" / acrylic-pencil-photo / E.F. -1967"; upper right, "Exhibited - /Penn. Academy of Art 1969 / Westchester Art Society / Kulicker Award 1968 / L.A. County Museum 1967 "The Contained Object" / San Diego Museum 1974 art Rental / Mitzi Landau 1974 20th cent. Art LA"

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