Eric Fischl, one of the great masters of American art, discusses his process, his most notorious and controversial paintings as Bad Boy and Sleepwalker and the impact of his dysfunctional family on his art.
Fischl takes us through his career and life from the late 70’es and ahead. As a person struggling to make it uncompromised and to find his own style. Away from abstraction towards fresh narrative painting. At a time painting had been declared dead.
Eric Fischl (b 1948) is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguised museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
He began his art education in Phoenix, Arizona attending Phoenix College and earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1972. In 1978 he relocated to New York City.
Fischl's suburban upbringing provided him with a backdrop of alcoholism and a country club culture obsessed with image over content. His early work thus became focused on the rift between what was experienced and what could not be said. His first New York City solo show was at Edward Thorp Gallery in 1979, during a time when suburbia was not considered a legitimate genre for art. He first received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life.
Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City. He currently lives and works in Sag Harbor, New York. His recent solo shows include Eric Fischl: Friends, Lovers and Other Constellations at the Albertina, Vienna, Austria (2014); Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, travelling to San Jose Museum of Art, California (2012-2013); Eric Fischl: Beach Life at the Guild Hall of East Hampton, New York (2012); Eric Fischl: Corrida en Ronda at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2010); Eric Fischl: Ten Breaths at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (2007); Eric Fischl: Prints and Drawings at the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, Wilmington (2006); Eric Fischl at the Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio in Bologna, Italy (2004); and Eric Fischl, Paintings and Drawings 1979-2001 at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2003).
Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Amerian Academy of Arts and Science.
Eric Fischl | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC April 2014
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Eric Fischl
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