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VICTORIOUS

Jane Fisher

August 8 to September 7, 2024

Artists’ reception: Saturday, August 10, 1-4pm

First Friday: September 6, 5-8pm

Artist Talk and Demo: Saturday, September 7, 2pm

In this Olympic season, GearBox Gallery is pleased to present Victorious, recent paintings by Jane Fisher depicting masculinity in the moment of triumph. Fisher has a long history of exploring human beings in the performance of roles that capture her interest, body builders, dictators, their wives, stock show contestants, security guards, tourists, cheerleaders and athletes. Here, we see a parade of the victorious from many fields of athletic endeavor such as jiu jistsu, weightlifting, diving and wrestling.

It’s rare to see an art gallery full of portraits of young men, much less those in unabashed displays of dominance. These are not the authoritative self-contained portraits of presidents or CEO’s, rather a feast of exuberance and heady achievement. Fisher’s direct and confident painting style is well matched to her subject matter. Sometimes shaded by relief or surprise, the prevailing attitudes are the immediacy of certainty and jubilation. As observers and fans of the game we might share in the glory of the winning moment with a smile of recognition and a sense of satisfaction. The keen viewer may quickly extrapolate to the fleetingness of the sensations and the inevitability of the aftermath. 

Painting from sources like collegiate wrestling publications, vintage bodybuilding magazines, and her own photographs; Fisher takes advantage of the pixilation that occurs when significantly enlarging an image to create abstract areas of color shapes that culminate into the illusion of form. Using alternative painting tools such as credit cards to apply the paint, she creates surfaces that reflect the physicality of the subject matter.


Olympian

2024

oil on polyester canvas

 

About Jane Fisher

Jane Fisher is an Oakland-based figurative artist. She received her BFA in painting from Ohio University and her MFA in painting from The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been represented by Struve Gallery and Lyons-Wier Gallery in Chicago, and Hackett-Freedman Gallery and Campbell Gallery in San Francisco. She has had over thirty solo exhibitions and has participated in many group shows across the United States. She was the recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshield Grants for representational painting. She is also a Professor of Painting and Figure Drawing at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.