Angus Fisher

 

Biography

Angus Fisher’s art practice has always dealt with nature and humankind’s relationship with, and experience of, the natural world. For Fisher, the idea of nature is a not a static term, but an evolving concept. Through the detailed study of history and natural subject matter, his work grapples with the idea of how nature exists, and has existed, in human imagination. Fisher does not only investigate ecology through his subjects, but the evolving attitudes and changing philosophical interpretations of the wider natural world. Primarily working with etching and drawing, he utilises traditional working techniques, methodologies and aesthetics to place his work in direct connection to historical contexts and traditions. 

Since graduating from the National Art School (BFA) with distinction in 2010, Fisher quickly found gallery representation with Robin Gibson gallery (2011-2012) and then later Australian Galleries (2012), a relationship that continues currently. Fisher exhibits regularly with Australian Galleries in Sydney and Melbourne as well as other establishments both in Australia and overseas. As well as exhibiting, Fisher has worked as an archaeological illustrator in Greece as well as spending considerable time working alongside indigenous artists in remote areas of Australia's Northern Territory. Fisher also works teaching art and illustration in the printmaking and drawing departments at the National Art School, and on a casual basis at Tapatjatjaka Indigenous Art Centre NT, the Australian Museum and various schools throughout Sydney. 

Fisher’s work can be found in the collection of The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of NSW, The New South Wales State Library, The National Art School, Australian Galleries in Sydney and Melbourne as well as private collectors


“Nature holds the beautiful, for the artist who has sought to extract it. Thus, beauty lies even in humble, perhaps ugly things, and the ideal, which bypasses or improves on nature, may not be truly beautiful in the end.”  

Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528)

 

"I thought of the long ages of the past during which the successive generations of these things of beauty had run their course. Year by year being born and living and dying amid these dark gloomy woods with no intelligent eye to gaze upon their loveliness, to all appearances such a wanton waste of beauty. It seems sad that on the one hand such exquisite creatures should live out their lives and exhibit their charms only in these wild inhospitable regions. This consideration must surely tell us that all living things were not made for man, many of them have no relation to him, their happiness and enjoyment's, their loves and hates, their struggles for existence, their vigorous life and early death, would seem to be immediately related to their own well-being and perpetuation alone"
 
Alfred Russel Wallace - On the subject of Birds of Paradise from ‘The Malay Archipelago’ (1869)
 

Angus at work in his studio

Gallery Representation

Angus Fisher is represented by 'Australian Galleries'. His work can be found in their permanent stockroom collections in both Sydney and Melbourne and is also viewable on the Australian Galleries website. 

 

"Australian Galleries was established in Melbourne by Tam and Anne Purves in June 1956. Now under the sole directorship of Stuart Purves, and with 15 staff, Australian Galleries continues to represent significant contemporary Australian artists including Jeffrey Smart, Inge King, William Robinson, John Coburn, Garry Shead, Colin Lanceley, John Wolseley, Peter Neilson, Lewis Miller, Peter Churcher and Graeme Drendel, along with an involvement in the estates of George Baldessin, Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees and Arthur Boyd."

- Art Directory Australia