Eric Fischl : Art Fair Paintings
The gallery's first exhibition with the prominent US artist.
Eric Fischl made his reputation in the 1980s with large-scale figurative oil paintings depicting ambiguous, erotically charged scenarios set in the American suburbs. Since that time his practice has developed, although his focus remains on representations of the human figure, depicted singly, as in his sculptural work and watercolours, or in complex groupings, as in this new body of paintings.
This series takes as its subject the contemporary art market. The paintings depict art fairs and gallery openings, and feature intricate compositions where people and artworks are layered in sophisticated arrangements of form and colour. Fischl has always been a keen observer of the relationships between people, and between people and their surroundings. These paintings demonstrate the artist's acute observation of body language and the small details that reflect social relationships, particularly in the heady environment of the art fair, with its charged atmosphere of money and taste, financial and cultural capital.