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07/07/2017 - 'A Book of Imaginary Creatures'

I’m very happy to say that I’ve finished printing the first three copies of the ‘Imaginary Creatures’ book that I’ve been working on with Nicholas Pounder. The book consists of twenty original etchings accompanied by text. The book describes imaginary creatures and creatures from mythology from all over the world and is formatted in a encyclopaedic fashion.  I am currently working on getting custom boxes made for the books. ‘Imaginary Creatures’ will first be exhibited and available for sale at the ‘Artist and the Book’ exhibition at ‘Australian Galleries’ opening on August 22nd 2017. Link below.


20/02/2017 – Australain Museum Workshops

‘Transformations: The Art of The Scott Sisters’ showing at The Australian Museum (Feb 7th – June 25th)

‘Transformations: The Art of The Scott Sisters’ showing at The Australian Museum (Feb 7th – June 25th)

Happy to announce I’ll be running two workshops at the Australian Museum in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Transformations: The Art of the Scott Sisters’ (Running at the Australian Museum from Feb 7th until June 25th). The workshops will focus on illustrating natural subject matter using methods such as pencils, ink pens and watercolour paints. Even though the Scott Sisters artwork exclusively features butterflies, we are lucky enough to have a wide variety of museum specimens at our disposal to draw during the workshops. 

So far there are two workshops running, one for beginner artists and the other for people with a little more experience.  

Sunday 7 May, 10am-1pm – inexperienced artists
Sunday 21 May, 10am-1pm – experienced artists

For more information and bookings click the link below. 


10/12/2016 - Group Exhibition

I’m part of an end of year show called ‘Paintings, Sculptures and Works on Paper’ running at Australian Galleries in Sydney from the 10th of December 2016 – 29th January 2017. The exhibition features the work of myself and many other artists including Clary Akon, Andrew Antoniou, Jenny Bell, Annette Bezor, G.W. Bot, Dean Brown, Jun Chen, Laura Courtney, Maryanne Coutts, Neil Cuthbert, Simon Fieldhouse, Michael Fitzjames, Francis Giacco, Richard Goodwin, Bruce Goold, Michelle Hiscock, Alexi Keywan, Fairlie Kingston, Peter Kingston, Jasper Knight, Alex Kosmas, Bruce Latimer, Kerrie Lester, Wendy Loefler, Janet Luxton, Mandy Martin, Jade Oakley, Rodney Pople, Ron Robertson-Swann, William Robinson, Garry Shead, Michael Snape, Peter Stevens, Pam Tippett, Richard Tipping, Greg Weight and Salvatore Zofrea. 


16/11/2016 - Commission Finished

- ‘The Hawkesbury River’ Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper (2016)

- ‘The Hawkesbury River’ Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper (2016)

I’m very happy to say that I’ve finally finished the large commission I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year.  The drawing is for a private house on the banks of the Hawkesbury and the drawing depicts the ecology of the local area. The picture measures 92x105 cm and was done with ink pens and watercolour paints. Looking forward to seeing it in a frame.


27/09/2016 - Upcoming Exhibitions

- Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland

- Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland

Happy to announce I’m in a couple of shows coming up - one in Sydney and the other in Caloundra, Queensland.

- ‘This is Print’ is a unique and intimate exhibition showcasing the diverse range of print artwork both from Sydney, and Oaxaca printmakers, an artist’s studio in the heart of Oaxaca Mexico. It show opens on October 20th at Wedge Gallery, Sydney.

- ‘The Holmes Art Prize’ showcases Australia’s best realistic bird artists working in any two-dimensional medium and depicting a realistic Australian bird life scene.  Up to forty finalists will be included in an Exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, with a major prize of $10,000.  The winning artwork will be acquired into the collection of Dr. Gary Holmes. The show opens on the 2nd of November at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

For more information on both these events, check the Exhibitions section of this website.


25/08/2016 - 'Shark Scented Art' Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens Article

I’m very pleased to be featured in an article titled 'Shark Scented Art' which can be found on the Sydney Botanic Gardens website and in the most recent issue of their magazine. The article talks about my research into colonial ink recipes and old Australian prints for my current Masters project. The Botanic Gardens were very helpful and have a wonderful library of original prints which they allowed me to examine closely. Much appreciated!

To read the article check out their website or click the link below. 


03/08/2016 - 'Life' Group Exhibition Melbourne

Happy to announce I’m part of a group exhibition starting on the 9th of August at Australian Galleries in Melbourne. The exhibition titled ‘Life’ features etchings, lithographs and lino-cuts from myself and many renowned Australian artists including John Wolseley, G.W Bot, Rosalind Atkins, Bruce Latimer and many others. The exhibition runs from August 9th – August 28th at Australian Galleries in Collingwood Melbourne.


27/07/2016 - Working on a Large Commission

‘The Hawkesbury River’ Commission 2016 - Work in progress.

‘The Hawkesbury River’ Commission 2016 - Work in progress.

Over the last few months I have been working on an extremely large commission. The piece measures about 80cm x 150cm and combines both ink pen drawing and watercolour painting methods. The work was commissioned for a home on the Hawkesbury River and features a scene displaying the rich ecology of the local area. It’s been great fun working on this piece and I am very happy with it so far. I think I’m about half way finished…


18/07/2016 - Blue Mountains Portrait

Just outside of Woodford in the lower Blue Mountains

Just outside of Woodford in the lower Blue Mountains

I recently spent some time camping and drawing in the lower Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney. While I was out there I was lucky enough to have my portrait taken by a friend of mine, Ryan Stuart. Ryan works as a photographer for Fairfax in Sydney, I’ve included a link to his personal website below - take a look!


23/05/2016 - Starting Work on a Large Private Commission

- Crop of the larger drawing showing some oysters and seaweed.

- Crop of the larger drawing showing some oysters and seaweed.

I’m starting to get some traction on an ink pen and watercolour commission I started a few weeks ago. The drawing is huge and measures about 1x1.5 meters. It depicts the rich ecosystem of the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney and focuses on the animals and plants both above and below the river’s surface. A long way to go from here… 


12/05/2016 - Australian Galleries Blog Feature

- Sketching in Kosciusko National Park (2015)

- Sketching in Kosciusko National Park (2015)

I have just been featured in a brief article on the new Australian Galleries website. The article describes my art practice as well as my history with Australian Galleries. If you’re interested in having a read, just click the link below.


04/05/2016 - 'Drawings' Australian Galleries Online Show

I am happy to announce that I currently have a small online exhibition showing on the Australian Galleries website. The show titled ‘Drawings’ features both old and new work and includes ink pen, watercolour and pencil drawings as well as some etchings and relief prints. The show will be online for a limited time only. All works are for sale. If  you’re interested, click on the link below to have a look.


13/04/2016 - 'Birds of Sydney' Folio Box Prototype

The folio closed and then opened with the ‘Magpie’ and ‘Dusky Moorhen' prints displayed 

The folio closed and then opened with the ‘Magpie’ and ‘Dusky Moorhen' prints displayed 

I have just finished making a prototype of the folio box for my ‘Birds of Sydney’ series of prints. The Solander style folio is made of wood and internally lined with archival buckram book cloth. The folio is designed to hold around 30 interleaved etchings. 


04/04/2016 - 'Birds of Sydney' Folio Slowly Coming Together

A ‘mock-up’ of the folio box along with some of the prints completed so far

A ‘mock-up’ of the folio box along with some of the prints completed so far

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working hard on my ‘Birds of Sydney’ folio. I’m not even one third of the way through the prints but it feels like it’s coming together nicely. This last week I have been working towards making a box to house the finished prints. I’ve had great fun trying to come up with some methods for making this and in the end I settled with wood with a felt inlay, though I haven’t quite finished yet. The folio is the focus of my Masters project at the National Art School for the next two years. The degree also includes an exegesis, a theoretical work supporting the artwork. My theoretical investigation centres on naturalist folios of the 18th and 19th centuries with a specific focus on early colonial printmaking in Australia. My finished folio will hopefully consist of around 30 hand-coloured etchings presented in individual hand made cases.


28/01/2016 - 2016!.. A Masters Degree and Other Things...

Holidays over. Back to work

Holidays over. Back to work

After a nice break over the New Year period including a trip up to Queensland I’m ready to jump into 2016. This year I have decided to begin a Masters of Fine Art degree in printmaking at the National Art School. The practical element of the degree will focus on my ‘Birds of Sydney’ printmaking project as well as a theoretical component focusing on Australian colonial printmaking. I will still be working on other projects in 2016 including an ongoing collaborative book project of mythological creatures as well as an upcoming online exhibition with Australian Galleries in late February.  


04/12/2015 - 2015 'AIR' Program Finishes

I have come to the end of my time working with the ‘AIR’ program with the completion of my final placement at Cabramatta High School.  During 2015 I spent time alongside the wonderful staff and students of Merrylands, Fairvale and Cabramatta High Schools as well as fellow artists Abdul Abdulla and Di Turner. The program finished with a two-day camp hosted by the National Art School for selected students where I was involved in running an intensive zinc plate etching workshop. Thanks again to all the wonderful teaching staff and organizers who put this program together as well as the very talented students of all three high schools. 


14/10/2015 - Opening ‘The Gift of the Grape’ Exhibition in Balmain

Today I have the privilege of opening the exhibition ‘The Gift of the Grape’ at the Balmain Watch House. The show features work based around the grape and the art of wine making by botanic artist Cathryn Coutts. Cathy has been a printmaking student of mine at the National Art School for the past few years and some of the etchings produced in the class will be on display. Along side these, the exhibition features graphite and pastel drawings as well as watercolour and oil paintings. If you’re in the Balmain area in the coming weeks or are a wine enthusiast come and have a look at this beautiful collection of work. 


06/11/2015 - Hanging 'Natura' at Berrima Art Space

Hanging the work just in time for Saturday's opening.

Hanging the work just in time for Saturday's opening.

I have just finished hanging my latest show ‘Natura’. The show will open at The Berrima Art Space this Saturday afternoon from 3-5pm. This exhibition will showcase the work of myself and ceramic artist Sarah O'Sullivan. The show will include a variety of Sarah's beautiful ceramic work as well as many of my drawings and etchings. The exhibition will run from 7th of November until the 18th of December. The gallery is located in Berrima, a beautiful town about 1.5 hours drive south-west of Sydney. Please join us at the opening or just come and have a look if you’re interested. Everybody is welcome! For more information click the link below.


02/11/2015 - Upcoming Exhibition 'Fun and Games'

I have just finished printing two small lino prints for the upcoming show ‘Fun and Games’. This large group exhibition will showcase the work of the 'Sydney Printmakers'. The exhibition is curated by Akky Van Ogtrop and will feature various types of printmaking all taking inspiration from the theme 'Fun and Games'. The show will run from the 17th of November until the 5th of December so please drop by and have a look at the work of the Sydney Printmakers.


15/10/2015 - Upcoming Exhibition 'Natura'

In a little over three weeks my latest show ‘Natura’ will open at The Berrima Art Space. This exhibition will showcase the work of myself and ceramic artist Sarah O'Sullivan. The show will include a variety of Sarah's beautiful ceramic work as well as many of my drawings and etchings. The exhibition will run from 7th of November until the 18th of December. The gallery is located in Berrima, a beautiful town just outside Sydney. Please join us at the opening or just come and have a look if you’re interested. Everybody is welcome! For more information click the link below.


12/09/2015 - Working at Cabramatta High School

Some of our reference material set up in the classroom at Cabramatta High School. 

Some of our reference material set up in the classroom at Cabramatta High School. 

Started work out at Cabramatta high school with the ‘AIR’ artist in residence program. We just had our second week working together and have been spending our time doing still life drawings of natural specimens including taxidermied birds, shells, native flowers, bones and skulls.  The students at Cabramatta are fantastic and have been working hard to produce some great drawings. As well as working at Cabramatta high school once a week I have also been invited to come back to work at Fairvale high school this term. For the rest of the year I will be working two days a week with high school students, which I really enjoy.  


08/09/2015 - Drawings Published in local Newspaper

The latest ‘North' Journal release with article ‘Take me to your healer’ 

The latest ‘North' Journal release with article ‘Take me to your healer’ 

I have just had some drawings published in the newspaper ‘North’. The drawings are from a body of work I completed a couple of years ago that featured native Australian bush medicines. The article titled ‘Take Me To Your Healer’ is written by Justina Edwards and focuses on these natural Australian remedies including Bush Currants, Native Figs, Native Raspberries and various Grasses. It’s a very interesting read and worth a look. Pick up a free copy of the newspaper at various cafes and outlets throughout the Northern Beaches or check their website below for more details. 


07/09/2015 - End of NAS 2015 Etching Short Course

Saturday marked the end of the final etching short course at the National Art School for 2015. There was some great work made in the class this term. Looking forward to the next rotation of students in early 2016.


03/09/2015 - AIR Program Begins at Cabramatta High School

I have just stared my final placement for the ‘AIR’ artist in residence program out at Cabramatta High School. Over the next eleven weeks I will be running both printmaking and drawing workshops along side the regular teachers. I will be working with students from year 9 and 10. Looking forward to getting into it.


25/08/2015 - First Proof Prints for 'Imaginary Creatures' Etching Folio

Initial proof prints for the ‘Imaginary Creatures’ Book including: ‘The Kraken’, ‘The Griffin’, ‘The Qilin’ and ‘The Simurgh’

Initial proof prints for the ‘Imaginary Creatures’ Book including: ‘The Kraken’, ‘The Griffin’, ‘The Qilin’ and ‘The Simurgh’

I spent some time this week pulling the first proof prints for my Beastarium of imaginary creatures book. I am just at the beginning of the project having only etched the plates for four of the perhaps twenty creatures but am fairly happy with the results so far. At this point the completed creatures are The Nordic sea monster known as ‘The Kraken’, the famous ‘Griffin’, The ‘Simurgh’ a giant Persian beast with the body of a peacock and head of a lion, as well as a ‘Qilin’ sometimes known as the Chinese Unicorn. I am collaborating on the project with Nicholas Pounder and am really looking forward to seeing the text that will accompany these bizarre critters. 


12/08/2015 - Initial 'Imaginary Creatures' Etchings

‘Imaginary Creatures’ Initial Copper Plate Etchings: 'The Kraken', ‘The Simurgh’, ‘The Griffin’ and ‘The Qilin’

‘Imaginary Creatures’ Initial Copper Plate Etchings: 'The Kraken', ‘The Simurgh’, ‘The Griffin’ and ‘The Qilin’

Over the last few weeks I have primarily been working on my ‘Imaginary Creatures’ book project with Nicholas Pounder. So far I have produced four copper etching plates for the hand printed book. We do not know yet the exact number of creatures that will appear in the book but are thinking probably around 20. I have not yet printed any of these plates and hope to do so soon. Shown above are ‘The Kraken’, ‘The Simurgh’, ‘The Griffin’ and ‘The Qilin’. Each plate measures 12cm x 12cm.


03/08/2015 - Upcoming Exhibition at 'Berrima Art Space'

An example of some of Sarah O'Sullivan's ceramic work

I have just confirmed an upcoming exhibition in Berrima later this year. The exhibition will be a tandem show featuring myself and ceramic artist Sarah O’Sullivan. The exhibition will be held at ‘Berrima Art Space’ From mid November to mid December 2015. Links to both the Berrima Art Space website and Sarah O’Sullivan’s personal website are below.  


19/07/2015 - National Art School's Term 3 Etching Class Kicks off

Saturday saw the start of the National Art School’s term 3 etching course. I will be teaching the course which will run every weekend until the 5th of September. A big welcome to all the students.


07/07/2015 - AIR Program Merrylands High School

Printing lino blocks at Merrylands High School

I have come to the first term break while doing my second artist in residence (AIR) program rotation at Merrylands High School. I have been working primarily with year ten students and we have been focusing on linocuts and relief printing. I have also been doing some dry-point etching with a year 12 student as part of his HSC body of work. I will be working out at Merrylands High School for another six weeks after we return from holidays on the 13th July.


02/07/2015 - Camping and Photography Trip

‘Sunset panorama looking out from Seaman’s Hut’ Angus Fisher

I have just come to the end of a very inspirational camping and photography trip through the Snowy Mountains in The Kosciusko National Park. I was hiking and camping with a photographer friend of mine Ryan Stuart. We spent six days and nights moving along the Main Range Track enjoying the beautiful and epic landscape while taking lots of photos.

'Sunset over the Snowy River looking southwest towards Mt. Kosciusko' Angus Fisher

'Sunset over the Snowy River looking southwest towards Mt. Kosciusko' Angus Fisher

Looking forward to another trip like this again soon. A link to Ryan Stuart's photography website is below if you would like to have a look at some of his other work. 


24/06/2015 - Angus Fisher Arts Now on Instagram

Angus Fisher Arts now has an account on Instagram. You can now follow ‘angusfisherart’ using the Instagram app to keep up to date with new images and information I post online.


22/06/2015 - Term 3 Etching Course at The National Art School

The third session of the NAS weekend etching short course will begin shortly. I will be teaching the course every Saturday (10-4pm) for eight weeks starting on the 18th of July. We will cover a variety of traditional etching techniques on both copper and zinc plates. 

The official course description as well as a link for bookings and more information is available below. Bookings can also be made by contacting the National Art School's Short Course department via phone (9339 8772)

NAS Etching Course - Angus Fisher

Explore the medium of etching with a variety of tools and techniques. Learn to work with acid, hard ground, soft ground, drypoint, aquatints, chine collé and other techniques and acquire the skills to transfer your printing plates onto paper using an etching press. Whether you're producing traditional editioned prints or investigating other methods of printing, explore the exciting range of results that are possible through the etching process. With self-generated ideas, enjoy creating one, or a number, of bodies of work. 

Angus Fisher is a practicing printmaker skilled in using delicate traditional techniques to represent the natural world and other subjects. Angus is a graduate of the National Art School and is represented by Australian Galleries recently exhibiting in both Sydney and Melbourne. Angus is working towards new exhibitions, running printing workshops in remote communities in the Northern Territory and working with an archaeological team in Greece.  

Saturday 10am – 4pm • 8 sessions • 18 July – 5th September
Full Fee $945 Discount Fee $850

beginner
intermediate
advanced
Course Code T315PR02


16/06/2015 - New Video 'The Copper Plate Etching Process'

I have recently finished an etching from a new body of work I have been working towards. While completing this etching I have attempted to document every stage of my progress. The video is designed to be entertaining but also educational for those wanting to learn more about the various stages of the etching process.

This video demonstrates the various stages of creating a hand-coloured copper plate etching. The etching depicts ‘The Pied Cormorant’ and is part of a folio of etchings titled ‘The Birds of Sydney’. The video is divided up into several stages, starting with ‘Initial sketches’ and concluding with ‘Hand colouring the Print’.

The video is ideally viewed in full screen at 1080p HD (high definition) mode. These options can be found at the bottom right of the video window. This video can also be accessed on youtube.com.

(Original music was provided for this video by Michael Allen)


21/05/2015 - Starting Work at Merrylands High School

After finishing my last ‘AIR’ artist in residence program out at Fairvale high school last week, it is time for me to move onto the next school in the rotation. The next school is Merrylands high, located just down the road from Fairvale. I hope to be working with several year 10 classes while focusing on printmaking, especially lino and dry-point etching. Classes begin out at Merrylands high school on the 28th May. 


15/05/2015 - 'The Birds of Sydney'

Initial sketches: The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, The Sacred Ibis, The Kookaburra and The Pigeon

Initial sketches: The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, The Sacred Ibis, The Kookaburra and The Pigeon

These sketches represent the beginning of a project that I have been wanting to start for a long time. For many years I have been thinking about creating a folio of etchings ‘The Birds of Sydney’ and a have finally got the time and courage to put pencil to paper. The body of work will be in the spirit of a natural history folio, documenting common bird-life in the particular region of Sydney. The birds documented will be those familiar to the eyes of Sydney siders, both native and introduced, and will depicted in common scenarios representing their modern existences. These sketches are only the very beginning of a project that I imagine will take one to two years to complete at a minimum. In the end I hope the folio will consist of perhaps 12 – 18 separate subjects printed from original copperplate etchings. 


11/05/2015 - 'Imaginary Creatures' Book

At the end of last year I had a meeting with the publisher and rare book dealer Nicolas Pounder. We sat down and discussed the idea of publishing a hand made book of mythical and imaginary creatures. The rough idea was a book exploring imaginary creatures from all around the world. The creatures were not limited to a particular time or place but unified in the folio by the overriding theme of human imagination. The book would be hand-made, consisting of hand-printed etchings accompanying hand-printed text. I would be responsible for the images, most probably copperplate etchings, while Nicolas would take command of the written portions. The book would be fairly short consisting of perhaps 12-15 creatures and have a very short, and exclusive print run. 

'Imaginary Creatures' a folio of human imagination (Angus Fisher and Nicholas Pounder) 

'Imaginary Creatures' a folio of human imagination (Angus Fisher and Nicholas Pounder) 

We both left the meeting quite excited, thinking the book was a great idea. Over the last six months I have been slowly researching the images that could make up the book and have just started to put together some initial sketches. I hope to meet with Nicholas again soon and perhaps come up with a final list of creatures that will be included. Although producing a book like this is an immense workload; so far it has proven to be an exciting and highly entertaining project. I hope we can make it through to completion - a long way off now.


10/05/2015 - Fairvale High School Year 10 Art Exhibition

Fairvale High School's Year 10 elective visual art class

Fairvale High School's Year 10 elective visual art class

I am coming to the end of my first ‘AIR program’ artist in residence placement for 2015. Over the last ten weeks I have been working with Fairvale high school’s year 10 elective visual art class on a body of work centring on the theme of ecosystems. The body of work included etchings, lino prints, graphite drawings as well as pen and watercolour work. Last Thursday saw the ten-week program come to an end with an exhibition of all the students work in one of the school’s exhibition spaces. 

Just some of the great year 10 work displayed in the exhibition

Just some of the great year 10 work displayed in the exhibition

I wanted to take this opportunity to again congratulate every member of the Fairvale year 10 class for producing such fantastic, high-quality work. Over the time I have been working out at Fairvale high school students have demonstrated wonderful skill and determination that culminated in an exhibition that I think everyone can be very proud of. Well done and thanks so much to all the staff and students at Fairvale for having me out there.


04/05/2015 - Coloured Lino Print

From left to right: Lino block ready to print, Black key-line print, Multi-coloured print.

From left to right: Lino block ready to print, Black key-line print, Multi-coloured print.

I have just finished a small edition of coloured lino-prints of a ‘Great Cormorant’. The print was inspired by some beautiful Japanese wood-block prints I recently saw in an exhibition at Australian Galleries. I have since been researching traditional relief printing techniques and trying to put some of them into practice. The Cormorant was sketched from a real specimen several weeks ago but only recently transferred onto the lino block as a print. I am enjoying working with lino and am looking forward to making some more plates and experimenting with some more techniques.


02/05/2015 - Featured on 'instructables.com'

I have just been featured on the website instructables.com. The American based website focuses on sharing skills and projects online. Instructables.com contacted me after seeing some of my work on youtube and asked me if they could feature some of my tutorial videos on their site. My page features an introduction to my particular style of ink pen and watercolour drawing with links to several of my time-lapse youtube videos as well as some photos and a basic step-by-step tutorial. To see the featured tutorial please visit the instructables web-link below.


 01/05/2015 - Selection into the '2015 Hunters Hill Art Prize'

I have just received confirmation that I have been selected into the 2015 Hunters Hill Art Prize. The chosen work for exhibition is ‘The Parthenon Lion’ a large graphite drawing on paper I completed last year. The exhibition opens on the 8th of May and runs until the 17th of May. Details about the exhibition can be found by clicking on the link below. 


08/04/2015 - Term 2 Etching Course at The National Art School

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The second session of the NAS weekend etching short course will begin shortly. I will be teaching the course every Saturday (10-4pm) for eight weeks starting at the beginning of May. We will cover a variety of traditional etching techniques on both copper and zinc plates. 

Course details as well as a link for bookings and more information is available below. Bookings can also be made by contacting the National Art School's Short Course department via phone (9339 8772)

NAS Etching Course - Angus Fisher

Explore the medium of etching with a variety of tools and techniques. Learn to work with acid, hard ground, soft ground, drypoint, aquatints, chine collé and other techniques and acquire the skills to transfer your printing plates onto paper using a printing press. Whether you're producing traditional editioned prints or investigating other methods of printing, explore the exciting range of results that are possible through the etching process. With self-generated ideas, enjoy creating one, or a number of bodies of work. 

Angus Fisher is a practicing printmaker skilled in using delicate traditional techniques to represent the natural world and other subjects. Angus holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School and is represented by Australian Galleries and teaches printmaking workshops in remote communities in the Northern Territory and working as an artist with archaeological teams in Greece. 

Saturday 10am – 4pm • 8 sessions • 2nd May – 20th June
Full Fee $945 Discount Fee $850
        
Course Code T215PR01


06/04/2015 - 'Botanica' Art Exhibition

The annual ‘Botanica’ exhibition held at Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens is due to open on the 18th April. The year’s theme is ‘The Birds and the Bees’ with the exhibition focusing on plants along side the particular creature that pollinates them. I have one large drawing hanging in the exhibition titled ‘Gymea Lily with Eastern Spinebills’. The exhibition is free and all works are for sale. The exhibition runs from 18th April – 20th May 2015.

More information about 'Botanica' 2015 can be found on the Royal Botanic Gardens Website below:


03/04/2015 - Experimenting with Lino Printing

The first of several lino blocks being carved for a new multi-coloured print depicting a cormorant perched on a branch 

The first of several lino blocks being carved for a new multi-coloured print depicting a cormorant perched on a branch 

I have spent today designing and carving a small lino block. I was recently Inspired and quite captivated by the working methods of some traditional Japanese woodblock prints that I saw exhibited in an exhibition at Australian Galleries last week (mentioned below). I am using this image of a cormorant to practice my carving skills and to experiment with some multi-plate printing techniques. This first lino block will be printed in black and will hopefully depict some line work as well as the shadows on the bird. After this I am hoping to use three or four more plates to apply a variety of different colours to the final print.


31/03/2015 - Australian Galleries Exhibitions

Currently showing at Australian Galleries Sydney are two wonderful printmaking shows that are both definitely worth a look. Exhibited downstairs is the Bruce Latimer show ‘Etchings’.  The collection of 18 prints primarily deal with environmental themes and have been crafted with an impressive mastery of aquatint etching and a quirky sense of humour.  

Upstairs the gallery is showing a fantastic exhibition of Japanese printmaking ‘Harunobu to Hamanashi: 250 years of Japanese Prints from the Forrest/Nedela Collection’. This exhibition consists of traditional woodcuts as well as a small amount of etchings with a variety of subject matter. I highly recommend going to have a look at this extremely beautiful and inspiring exhibition. Both exhibitions run until the 19th April 2015.

‘Icimura Uzaemon XIII’ Utagawa Kunisada (1862), ‘A good day to cut ones nails’ Utagawa Kunisada (1844), ‘Little Egret in the rain’ Ohara Khoson (1930)

Icimura Uzaemon XIII’ Utagawa Kunisada (1862), A good day to cut ones nails’ Utagawa Kunisada (1844), ‘Little Egret in the rain’ Ohara Khoson (1930)

For more information on both exhibitions please visit the link below:


19/03/2015 - 'AIR' Program at Fairvale Highschool

'AIR' program launch at NAS (12/02/2015), Drawing demonstration at Fairvale High (11/03/2015) 

'AIR' program launch at NAS (12/02/2015), Drawing demonstration at Fairvale High (11/03/2015) 

I am currently involved in an Artist in residency program working with the students of Maryvale High School before later in the year moving onto Cabramatta and Marylands High. I have been working primarily with the year 10 students but have also had classes with several year 11 groups as well as doing some drawing tutorials with year 8. 

While working with one particular year 10 class we have developed a project that will run over my full eleven-week stay. The project focuses on a particular chosen natural environment and allows students to work with a variety of subject matter and mediums. Dealing with the idea of ‘fragments’ the students are hoping to create a collection of works around the loose idea of a ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The program incorporates pen and ink drawing, watercolour methods, graphite drawing as well as lino cuts, blind embossing and dry-point etching.  The students have made some fantastic work so far and are moving along through the project nicely. Fore more information and photos please visit the official AIR facebook page below:


14/03/2015 - New 'Banksia with Honeyeaters' Drawing and Video

I have just completed an ink pen and watercolour drawing depicting four Blue-faced Honeyeaters situated among a portion of a Banksia tree. The drawing is life sized and can be viewed along with it’s specifications in the ‘Drawings’ section of this website. The original drawing will become part of the ‘Australian Galleries’ storeroom collection in Sydney where it will be available for pubic viewing and sale.

While creating the picture I took the opportunity to make another time-lapse animation showing the drawings creation over several weeks. Michael Allen again generously provided original music for this video, which is available for viewing by clicking the link above. The video can also be accessed along with many others by visiting the Angus Fisher Arts channel on youtube.com


04/03/2015 - 'Botanica' 2015

I have just received confirmation that my entry to the 2015 ‘Botanica‘ exhibition has been accepted. The annual ‘Botanica’ prize held at The Sydney Botanic Gardens is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading botanical art exhibitions. My entry is a large pen and watercolour drawing featuring a Gymea Lily and a number of Eastern Spinebills. 

“Botanica has a proud history of exhibiting the best of Australia’s botanical artists - ranked by many as among the best in the world. Included in this year’s exhibition will be works by Beverly Allen, Annie Hughes, Sandra Sanger, David Mackay, John Pastoriza-Pinol, Barbara Duckworth, Deirdre Bean, Angela Lober and Elaine Musgrave. 

Botanical art remains a popular and highly collectable art form and whilst it must be scientifically correct, it also embraces a strong artistic sensibility. Originally documenting the natural world for reference, this clear and lucid illustration of plant-life is now appreciated by a wide audience for its contemporary art value.”

'Gymea Lily with Eastern Spinebills' with detail (right) - Angus Fisher (2014)

'Gymea Lily with Eastern Spinebills' with detail (right) - Angus Fisher (2014)

‘Botanica’ Exhibition details

When: Sat 18 April - Sun 10 May, 10 am-4 pm. Ticketed Opening Night: Friday 17 April
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free entry - all works for sale
Enquiries: 9231 8182 
Contact us: 9231 8182 or email botanica.exhibition@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

For more information please check Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens website below:


26/02/2015 - Preserving a Specimen for Drawing

A was recently told by a friend of mine about the body of a bird she found in a nature reserve near her house. After looking at the bird and seeing it was only recently deceased and in good condition I decided to wrap it up and take it home to draw and study. The body was that of a Pied Cormorant, a particularly beautiful seabird that can be found throughout mainland Australia and New Zealand.

The body of a ‘Pied Cormorant’ - Wings removed, pegged in place and placed in cornflower for preservation.

The body of a ‘Pied Cormorant’ - Wings removed, pegged in place and placed in cornflower for preservation.

Making drawings of birds from life has become very important to my art practice and I try to do it where possible. I never hunt or kill birds but if I discover the body of a creature that has already died I try and make full use of the opportunity by making sketches or ideally trying to preserve parts of the animal.  

Although I have no training or desire to practice proper taxidermy, over the last several years of working with natural specimens I have learned several simple methods used to preserve various parts of deceased birds. Although the whole bird is not preserved, smaller fragments of the animal are fantastic references when drawing and I have a collection of parts from a variety of species. Perhaps the most fascinating is the wing of a bird - Using a method where the wing is removed and cured with cornflower, it can easily be preserved and dried in a desired position. Once the process is complete the wing will last for many years without decay or colour loss. This particular specimen will be ready in about four weeks.

For more information on preserving various parts of a bird please visit the website below.


15/02/2015 - New Video Channel on youtube.com 

I just wanted to let people know I now have a channel on youtube. The channel features videos documenting my drawing process including time lapse animations of various works in progress. As well as this I have also included video montages of particular exhibitions and bodies of work. I will continue to add to the channel as I make more videos of my work in the future. The original music for all these videos has been kindly provided by Michael Allen. 

To find a complete listing and to view any of these videos simply search ‘Angus Fisher’ on www.youtube.com and look for the ‘AF’ monogram to access my channel. Links to all of my videos can also be found on the new ‘Videos’ section of this website.


08/02/2015 - 'The Sydney Morning Herald' Continuing Online Sales 

It has been one year since copies of my picture ‘Kingfishers Of Northern Australia’ became available for sale through the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ and ‘Melbourne Age’. The image is a top seller and sales have been steady since the image became available in January 2014. The images are hand signed digital reproductions on archival paper that are strictly limited to a print run of 300. A certificate of authenticity signed by the artist as well as the newspaper’s editor in chief accompanies the image. For more information and orders please visit the Sydney Morning Herald website by clicking on the link below.


05/02/2015 - Watch a Drawing in Progress - 'Wedge Tailed Eagle with Nest'

Over the last several weeks I have been working on a private commission. The drawing depicts an Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle perched on its half constructed nest. The drawing is a slightly smaller reworking of an older image of mine. This new work measures 76 x 55cm.

During the process of drawing this picture I took many photo to document my progress and demonstrate my working processes. I have now edited them into a short movie that you can watch by clicking on play button on the image above. The video is ideally viewed in full screen at 1080p HD (high definition) mode. These options can be found at the bottom right of the video window.

First the image is initially sketched onto the paper in pencil. Secondly, line work is applied with an ink pen over the pencil lines that are then rubbed out. After the pen work is completed and allowed to completely dry the colour is applied to the image using washes of watercolour paint.

(Original music was provided for this video by Michael Allen)


04/02/2015 - 2015 Artist In Residency Program

The 'National Art School' as well as the three high schools participating in the 'AIR' program: 'Fairvale', 'Merrylands' and 'Cabramatta'

The 'National Art School' as well as the three high schools participating in the 'AIR' program: 'Fairvale', 'Merrylands' and 'Cabramatta'

I have just confirmed that I will be working as an artist in residence at three Sydney High Schools throughout 2015. The National Art School organizes the ‘AIR’ program where professional artists work with high school students throughout the year. The three schools participating in the program are Fairvale High School, Marylands High School and Cabramatta High School. I will be working at each school one day per week for ten consecutive weeks then moving to the next school. There are two other artists involved with the residency and we will alternate between schools throughout the year. I will be working primarily with year 10 students alongside the class’s regular art teacher. I hope to help each student complete a body of work incorporating both printmaking and drawing methods over the ten-week period.  I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting the students and getting started with the program.


18/01/2015 - Upcoming NAS Etching Short Course 

The first session of the NAS semester 2 etching short course will begin shortly. I will be teaching the course every Saturday (10-4pm) for eight weeks starting in February. We will cover a variety of traditional etching techniques on both copper and zinc plates. I have just received news from the National Art School that due to a delay in renovations the course will be running two weeks later than originally advertised. For students who have already booked a place in the course that cannot accommodate the new schedule a variety of options are available. 

Course details as well as a link for bookings and more information is available below. Bookings can also be made by contacting the National Art School's Short Course department via phone (9339 8772)

 

NAS Etching Course - Angus Fisher

Explore the medium of etching with a variety of tools and techniques. Learn to work with acid, hard ground, soft ground, drypoint, aquatints, chine collé and other techniques and acquire the skills to transfer your printing plates onto paper using a printing press. Whether you're producing traditional editioned prints or investigating other methods of printing, explore the exciting range of results that are possible through the etching process. With self-generated ideas, enjoy creating one, or a number of bodies of work. 

Angus Fisher is a practicing printmaker skilled in using delicate traditional techniques to represent the natural world and other subjects. Angus holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School and is represented by Australian Galleries and teaches printmaking workshops in remote communities in the Northern Territory and working as an artist with archaeological teams in Greece. 

Saturday 10am – 4pm • 8 sessions • 21 February – 11 April
Full Fee $945 Discount Fee $850
        
Course Code T115PR02


13/01/2015 - Arctic Commission Finished

'Arctic Wolves and Owls' commission in various stages of completion: sketch, mid way and finally complete.

'Arctic Wolves and Owls' commission in various stages of completion: sketch, mid way and finally complete.

I have just finished working on a commission depicting an arctic scene for a private client. The large image depicts a pair of Arctic Wolves alongside their cubs as well as a pair of Snow Owls with their chicks. The drawing was done using ink pen as well as washes of watercolour paint and can be seen above in several stages of completion; sketch, mid way and finally complete. I enjoyed the project but am looking forward to starting my next work, another commission.


03/01/2015 - 'Beastarium' Folio Delivered

First look at the 'Beastarium' folio including works by Angus Fisher and Rona Green. Full list of participants (right)

First look at the 'Beastarium' folio including works by Angus Fisher and Rona Green. Full list of participants (right)

I have just received delivery of my copy of the ‘Beastarium’ folio. The folio, organized and curated by Melbourne artist Rona Green, features a number of Australian contemporary printmakers including. The theme of the folio is ‘Beastarium’ which artists could interpret however they like. The folio looks fantastic with a wonderful variety of work presented beautifully in a hand-crafted box. Every participant of the portfolio received a copy but as well as this one copy of the body of work will also go on public display. The ‘Beastarium’ show is due to open at ‘Dubbo Regional Gallery’ on the 19th of September and will run until late November. Thanks Rona!


20/12/2014 - Private Commission

Working on a private commission - From the initial sketch (left) to the current stage of completion (right)

Working on a private commission - From the initial sketch (left) to the current stage of completion (right)

Over the last few weeks I have been in my studio working on a commission for a client. I work with commissions quite commonly and find it very enjoyable. This current image is a pen, ink and watercolour work and measures about 70 x 50 cm. The picture depicts a family of arctic wolves consisting of two adults and three cubs as well as a family of snow owls. I am close to finishing the picture and am happy the progress so far.  The image above shows the work in several stages of completion from a sketch on the left to the current stage of completion on the right. When the image is finished in a week or so I will post an photo of the completed picture. 


28/11/2014 - 'Boundless and Borderless' Taiwan Opening

I have just received some pictures from ‘Sydney Printmakers’ featuring the opening of the ‘Boundless and Borderless’ exhibition in Taiwan. The traveling print exhibition is being displayed in 11 separate universities throughout Taiwan in 2014 and 2015 and has already been shown in Australia, Canada and Scotland. There are 44 artists from Australia and Canada involved in the print folio exchange that has now also become part of the Art Gallery of NSW permanent collection.

'Boundless and Borderless' on display at The Tainan National University Public Gallery, Taiwan (13/10/2014 - 13/11/2014)

'Boundless and Borderless' on display at The Tainan National University Public Gallery, Taiwan (13/10/2014 - 13/11/2014)

- The opening of 'Boundless and Borderless' print exhibition at 'Tainan National University', Taiwan (13/10/2014)

- The opening of 'Boundless and Borderless' print exhibition at 'Tainan National University', Taiwan (13/10/2014)


07/11/2014 - Watch a Drawing in Progress - 'Gymea Lily with Eastern Spinebills'

Over the last several weeks I have been working on a drawing for the upcoming 'Botanica' exhibition at the Sydney Botanic Gardens.  The Botanica theme for 2015 is ‘plants and their pollinators’ and I have decided to draw a group of Eastern Spinebills along side a Gymea Lily, The original drawing is life-size and stands over one meter tall.

While drawing this picture I took a photo twice a day to document my progress and demonstrate my working processes. I have now edited them into a short movie which you can watch by clicking on play button on the image below. The video is ideally viewed in full screen at 1080p HD (high definition) mode. These options can be found at the bottom right of the video window.

First the image is initially sketched onto the paper in pencil. Secondly, line work is applied with an ink pen over the pencil lines which are then rubbed out. After the pen work is completed and allowed to completely dry the colour is applied to the image using washes of watercolour paint.

(Original music was provided for this video by Michael Allen.)


15/11/2014 - 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?' Opening

Sue Grose-Hodge, Angus Fisher and Graeme Chambers at opening of 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?' (15/11/2014)

Sue Grose-Hodge, Angus Fisher and Graeme Chambers at opening of 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?' (15/11/2014)

Thank you to everybody that came along to the ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?’ opening on Saturday afternoon. The exhibition opening was a big success with a large crowd showing up on a beautiful afternoon. The exhibition will continue every day from 10am to 4pm until the 29th of November. Thanks again everybody.


02/11/2014 - 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?' Upcoming Exhibition

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You are warmly invited to the opening of my upcoming group exhibition to be held at Sydney's Botanic Gardens on the 15th of November. This exhibition titled ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?’ will bring together the work of myself and two other artists, Graeme Chambers and Sue Grose-Hodge. The exhibition will include drawings, paintings, prints and photographs and will reflect our diverse interests and different ways of working around an overriding natural history theme. The constant challenge of translating the world that surrounds us into something visible and tangible is our unifying obsession. The exhibition runs 10am - 4pm everyday from the 14th - 28th November.


13/10/2014 - 'Art for Parks' Exhibition

Between the 4th and the 15th November I will being taking park in an exhibition at Wallarobba Art Centre in Hornsby titled 'Art For Parks'. The exhibition is for nature lovers and designed to raise awareness about the conservation of our wild places. The exhibition is designed to be held in conjunction with the IUCN World Parks Congress being held in Sydney from the 12th - 19th November. Featuring artworks by a number of artists the works represent a variety of wildlife from the world's national parks along with a statement of their significance. 

More information about the IUCN World Parks Congress can be found on their website below.


03/10/2014 - National Art School 2015 Etching Short Course

The dates for the 2015 National Art School's semester 1 public program short courses have just been released. I am happy to again be teaching the etching course which will begin on the 7th of February. The course will run on Saturdays between 10am and 4pm over eight consecutive weeks. We will cover a variety of traditional etching techniques on both copper and zinc plates. A course description from the National Art School's website can be found below along with a link for more information and bookings.

NAS Etching Course - Angus Fisher

Explore the medium of etching with a variety of tools and techniques. Learn to work with acid, hard ground, soft ground, drypoint, aquatints, chine collé and other techniques and acquire the skills to transfer your printing plates onto paper using an etching press. Whether you're producing traditional editioned prints or investigating other methods of printing, explore the exciting range of results that are possible through the etching process. With self-generated ideas, enjoy creating one, or a number, of bodies of work. 

Angus Fisher is a practicing printmaker skilled in using delicate traditional techniques to represent the natural world and other subjects. Angus is a graduate of the National Art School and is represented by Australian Galleries recently exhibiting in both Sydney and Melbourne. Angus is working towards new exhibitions, running printing workshops in remote communities in the Northern Territory and working with an archaeological team in Greece.  

Saturday 10am – 4pm • 8 sessions • 7 February – 28 March

Full Fee $945 Discount Fee $850

  • beginner
  • intermediate
  • advanced

Code T115PR02


17/09/2014 - 'Centralia' print joins Art Gallery of NSW collection

'Centralia' - Angus Fisher (The Art Gallery of NSW print collection) 

'Centralia' - Angus Fisher (The Art Gallery of NSW print collection) 

In 2013 I was involved in a print folio exchange called ‘Boundless and Borderless’. The portfolio included 40 prints made by printmakers from both the ‘The Sydney Printmaking Society’ and ‘Open Studio Canada’. In 2013 and 2014 the prints from this portfolio were exhibited in Australia, Canada and are currently on tour in Taiwan. As well as the touring show the A/P (artist proof) prints for the portfolio have been taken into the collections of various institutions. We recently found out that The Art Gallery of NSW has accepted the folio into it’s collection including my contribution, an etching titled ‘Centralia’. More information about the 'Centralia' print as well as the 'Boundless and Borderless' folio can be found on the Art Gallery of NSW website below.


10/09/2014 - 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?' Upcoming Exhibition

Sometime ago a few friends and I decided to organize an exhibition for the end of 2014 that would showcase some of our work over the last few years. After looking at several possible venues we decided on the Palm House Gallery in The Sydney Botanic Gardens between the 15th – 28th November.

The exhibition titled ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?’ will bring together the work of myself and two other artists, Graeme Chambers and Sue Grose-Hodge. The exhibition will include drawings, paintings, prints and photographs and will reflect our diverse interests and different ways of working around an overriding natural history theme. The constant challenge of translating the world that surrounds us into something visible and tangible is our unifying obsession.


08/09/2014 - 'From Here To Antiquity' Exhibition Finished

'From Here To Antiquity' Opening Night (19/08/2014)

'From Here To Antiquity' Opening Night (19/08/2014)

My recent exhibition ‘From Here To Antiquity – Studies from ancient Troizen and wider Greece’ has now finished after showing at Australian Galleries Sydney since the 19th August. The exhibition was a great success - thank you to everybody that came and showed support. Even though this particular exhibition is over I now have several commissions to begin work on as well another upcoming exhibition, ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?’ which starts in mid November at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.


02/09/2014 - 'Unreal' Exhibition Children's Hospital Launch

'Unreal' exhibition opening with hospital staff- The Children's Hospital Westmead (02/09/2014)

'Unreal' exhibition opening with hospital staff- The Children's Hospital Westmead (02/09/2014)

Today saw the opening of the ‘Unreal’ exhibition at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Westmead. The work being exhibited was completed by patients who participated in art workshops over the last two months at both Westmead and Randwick children’s hospitals. The artworks have a surrealist theme and are light-hearted and full of fun. Hopefully the pictures will bring some colour and flair to the walls of the hospitals for the next few months. This exhibition will run until December when the works will be moved and exhibited at The Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. Thank you to all the hospital staff who helped put the workshops and the shows together as well as a big thank you and congratulations to all the kids who did such wonderful work.


07/08/2014 - 'From Here To Antiquity' Upcoming Exhibition Invitation

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I would like to invite you to the opening of my upcoming solo exhibition 'From Here To Antiquity' Studies from ancient Troizen and wider Greece.  

At the end of last year I was invited to travel to Greece with an archeological survey team doing a study of the ancient site of Troizen in the Peloponnese. I worked on location as an artist making studies of the site’s artefacts, history, excavation and landscape. This exhibition titled 'From Here To Antiquity' Studies from ancient Troizen and wider Greece incorporates work completed in Troizen as well as drawings and etchings of other Greek antiquities witnessed on my later travels throughout Europe. The nearly 40 works include graphite drawings, pen and ink work, watercolour painting and a number of etchings. All the new works for this show can be seen on the 'Recent Works' page of this website.

The show opens on Tuesday 19th August (6-8pm) at 'Australian Galleries', 15 Roylston St. Paddington and runs until the 7th of September. It would be great to see you there - Come and say hello, share a glass of wine and enjoy some art. Hope you can make it!

 

More information and a complete work listing for the show can be found at the Australian Galleries Website:

More information about the Troizen archeology project can be found below:


05/08/2014 - 'From Here To Antiquity' Press Release

Below is a copy of the press release produced by 'Australian Galleries' for my upcoming exhibition 'From Here To Antiquity - Studies from ancient Troizen and wider Greece'. The show will run from the 19th August to the 7th September 2014.

'From Here To Antiquity - Studies from ancient Troizen and wider Greece' Press Release

'From Here To Antiquity - Studies from ancient Troizen and wider Greece' Press Release


03/08/2014 - 'Unreal' Exhibition at the Sydney Children's Hospital

Over the last two months I have been working with hospital staff at The Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick and The Children's Hospital Westmead running printmaking workshops with some of the adolescent patients. The work completed by patients who participated in these workshops will now be exhibited in a traveling exhibition that will fill the walls of both of Sydney's children's hospitals between September 2014 and February 2015. The artworks created during the workshops have a surrealist theme and are light-hearted and fun. Hopefully the pictures will bring some colour and flair to the walls of the hospitals for the next few months. The first exhibition opens at Westmead on the 2nd of September.

'Unreal' Surrealism Exhibition - 'The Sydney Children's Hospital' and 'The Children's Hospital Westmead'

'Unreal' Surrealism Exhibition - 'The Sydney Children's Hospital' and 'The Children's Hospital Westmead'


19/07/2014 - National Art School Etching Short Course

The first session of the NAS semester 2 etching short course will begin shortly. I will be teaching the course every Saturday (10-4pm) for the next eight weeks. We will cover a variety of traditional etching techniques on both copper and zinc plates. More details about the course can be found below.

National Art School Darlinghurst - Semester 2 Etching Short Course

National Art School Darlinghurst - Semester 2 Etching Short Course

NAS Etching Course - Angus Fisher

Explore the medium of etching with a variety of tools and techniques. Learn to work with acid, hard ground, soft ground, drypoint, aquatints, chine collé and other techniques and acquire the skills to transfer your printing plates onto paper using a printing press. Whether you're producing traditional editioned prints or investigating other methods of printing, explore the exciting range of results that are possible through the etching process. With self-generated ideas, enjoy creating one, or a number of bodies of work. 

Angus Fisher is a practicing printmaker skilled in using delicate traditional techniques to represent the natural world and other subjects. Angus holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School and is represented by Australian Galleries and teaches printmaking workshops in remote communities in the Northern Territory and working as an artist with archaeological teams in Greece.  

Saturday 10am – 4pm • 8 sessions • 19 July – 6 September

Full Fee $945 Discount Fee $850


03/07/2014 - 'From Here To Antiquity' Exhibition

I’ve nearly finished all the works for my upcoming solo show which is set to open on the 19th August at Australian Galleries in Paddington. The show is titled 'From Here To Antiquity' Studies of ancient troizen and wider Greece. So far I have completed over 30 drawings and am currently working on a small series of medium sized etchings.

Working in my studio towards my upcoming show 'From Here To Antiquity'

Working in my studio towards my upcoming show 'From Here To Antiquity'

The show focuses on my 2013 trip to Greece with an archaeological survey team. In the exhibition there is an emphasis around the work completed in the ancient site of Troizen with the archeologists but there are also a large number of works depicting my many other experiences of ancient Greek sculpture, artifacts and architecture. 

'Parthenon Lion' (Graphite Drawing) Angus Fisher

'Parthenon Lion' (Graphite Drawing) Angus Fisher


17/06/2014 - Children's Hospital 'Unreal' Workshops

This week and last week I have been running art workshops at the Sydney Children's Hospitals at Randwick and Westmead. The 'Unreal' workshops are designed for long term hospital patients of high school age and involve children of all abilities. The workshops focus on surrealism, a quirky and engaging art form and we will utilise drawing, painting and printmaking. At the end of the workshops all the children involved will have at least one finished artwork that will be exhibited in the corridors of both Sydney hospitals.  So far the kids seem to be enjoying the workshops and I am finding the time thoroughly rewarding.  

'Unreal' Workshop at The Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick

'Unreal' Workshop at The Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick


04/06/2014 - Home from Titjikala

Sunset over Titjikala (01/06/2014)

Sunset over Titjikala (01/06/2014)

My time in working Titjikala is over and tomorrow I will begin my drive back to Alice Springs and then on to Sydney. I have very much enjoyed my time in the community and am already looking forward to coming back next time. As well as finally finishing our mural it was a very productive stay with the creation of many paintings, prints and felt work by local artists. The artists of Titjikala have a busy few months ahead of them with ‘Desert Mob’, the premier central desert Aboriginal art award fast approaching. Titjikala artists have always been well received at this award and exhibition and I expect this year’s event to be the same.

Mural Painting (Marie + Angeline Shilling, Hazel Ungawanaka, Cora Meruntju and Sandra Summerfield) + Completed Mural

Mural Painting (Marie + Angeline Shilling, Hazel Ungawanaka, Cora Meruntju and Sandra Summerfield) + Completed Mural

Our community mural is finished and everyone seems to be very happy with the result. The mural, a large landscape scene, was painted in the cheerful, naïve style that many of the local Titjikala artists are known and applauded for. The mural shows the Titjikala community itself as well as large expanses of surrounding desert and bush land. The desert areas of the mural are joyously ornamented with colourful flowers, wildlife and pockets of captivating detail.


27/05/2014 - Titjikala Mural

The mural being painted across the front of Titjikala's Art Centre is nearly finished. The painting is of the Titjikala community as well as the surrounding desert area. The mural has been painted by artists from the Art Centre, local residents interested in the project and even some school kids have lent a hand. The mural is a big task with the paintable area being about 15 meters long and 3 meters high. Because of the hot weather we have generally been working on the mural in the mornings for a hour or so then moving inside to continue with other things for the rest of the day. I only have about one more week out here in Titjikala and will be returning home to Sydney on the 5th of June.  

Hazel Ungawanaka and other Titjikala artists painting the mural across the front of Tapatjatjaka Art Centre

Hazel Ungawanaka and other Titjikala artists painting the mural across the front of Tapatjatjaka Art Centre


15/05/2014 - Upcoming Solo Exhibition

While I am up in Titjikala I am also working towards my upcoming solo show at Australian Galleries in Sydney. This exhibition is due to open on the 19th of August and will focus on my recent trip to Troizen in Greece with an archaeological survey team. The show will feature artwork made in Troizen focusing on the ancient site’s artefacts, history and excavation as well as many other works inspired more generally by Greek antiquity. I have just finished an ink pen drawing that I have been working on all week. I am using studies and photos I took on my trip with this particular subject matter coming from the Poros museum in Greece. The drawing is titled ‘Amphora from the Sea Floor’

‘Amphora from the Sea Floor’ (Ink Pen Drawing) Angus Fisher

‘Amphora from the Sea Floor’ (Ink Pen Drawing) Angus Fisher

These ancient containers known as ‘amphora’ were used as storage and transport vessels for olives, cereal, oil and wine and they survive in great numbers. These particular examples were found on the sea floor just off the Greek coast and are almost certainly the remains of an ancient shipwreck. These pots are now housed in the Poros Museum in Greece and are an interesting example of the familiar, graceful shapes of Greek pottery first seen in about 900 BCE.


08/05/2014 - Working in Titjikala

We have begun work on the community mural across the front of Tapatjatjaka art center and have decided on a large landscape scene that encompasses many aspects of the community. As the mural painting goes on outside, artists are also working on their own work inside the Art Centre.  A local artist, Nita Ferguson, is working on an interesting project - a large painting commission for ‘Santos’, who have recently started mining operations in the area. Nita’s painting depicts an abstract impression of the saltpans located near Titjikala. As well as these projects many of the artists have also been working making felt beanies for the upcoming Alice Springs Beanie festival and competition. The festival is very popular and Titjikala artists have a long history of both making beanies as well as success in this particular competition. 

'Salt Pans' by Titjikala artist Nita Ferguson 

'Salt Pans' by Titjikala artist Nita Ferguson 

It is the perfect time of year to see so much of the fantastic wildlife the Simpson Desert has to offer. After a recent rain the landscape is in full bloom with a beautiful array of wildflowers and native grasses. Animals, especially birds, are also vary numerous and I was lucky enough to see a huge flock of native budgies numbering in the thousands. There are also many reptiles out and about including this 'Thorny Devil' (shown below) which I came across when driving into town yesterday.

A 'Thorny Devil' on the road to Titjikala

A 'Thorny Devil' on the road to Titjikala


01/05/2014 - Return to Titjikala

I have returned to Titjikala to begin a month of work managing Tapatjatjaka art Centre. Tapatjatjaka Art Centre is located in Titjikala, a small, remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory's Simpson Desert. I have visited and worked in the art centre here several times before and have become quite familiar with the local artists and wider community. As well as managing the art centre throughout the month of May my role also includes overseeing the painting of a community mural, which should be a lot of fun for the local people involved.  

(I will be away from Sydney from the 1st May - 6th June) 

The Western Simpson Desert on route to Titjikala

The Western Simpson Desert on route to Titjikala


25/04/2014 - 'Beastarium' Print Folio

I was invited some time ago to participate in a Print Folio collaboration project curated by Melbourne artist Rona Green. The theme of the folio is ‘Beastarium’ and there are 39 contributing artists. Each artist must create an original image with an edition of 40 hand-printed prints. Each artist gets a copy of every other artists print in a folio. The final remaining print of everybody’s will be exhibited in Dubbo regional gallery in an exhibition titled ‘Beastarium’ later in the year. I have recently been working with a lot of ancient Greek subject matter and decided that my image would be an etching of a Chimera. 

'Chimera' etching (Angus Fisher) - 'Beastarium' Print Folio

'Chimera' etching (Angus Fisher) - 'Beastarium' Print Folio

The Chimera is a mythical ancient Greek beast with the body of a lion, the second head of a ram and a serpent for a tail. I have finished my edition of 40 prints and have sent them off to Rona in Melbourne. Now all I have to do is wait to get my folio and see how the other artists have interpreted the theme. 


20/04/2014 - 'The Waterhouse' Natural History Art Prize

I have just completed my entry for the 2014 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. I have been a selected finalist in the distinguished prize at the South Australian Museum for the last two years, submitting both etchings and drawings. My picture this year is a large ink pen and watercolour drawing of a pair of King Parrots being harassed by a flock of Indian Myna birds. The work depicts the struggle of native wildlife competing with an introduced species. This scene, and sadly many like it, are becoming more and more common all over Australia as many native animals face an uncertain future as a direct result of introduced species.

'Myna Disturbance' (Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper) Angus Fisher

'Myna Disturbance' (Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper) Angus Fisher


12/03/2014 - 'Heart of Annandale' Art Prize Judge

I have recently been contacted by Leichhardt Council and asked to judge the 'Heart of Annandale' art prize. I was one of two judges last year for the annual prize and this year I will be judging the prize along with Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne.   

"The Heart of Annandale Art Exhibition & Prize is an annual event held in Annandale and owned by the Inner West. Members of the community are invited to submit artworks that respond to each year’s theme. Artworks are judged according to their exploration of the theme in relation to the Sydney’s Inner West." The exhibition is open from March 8th - 16th. More information can be found through the link below.


10/03/2014 - 'Boundless and Borderless' Exhibition Tours Taiwan

'Boundless and Borderless' is a print folio made in collaboration between 'Sydney Printmakers' and 'Open Studios Canada'. The folio of 40 individual prints was created in early 2013 to showcase printmaking through a variety of exhibitions and has so far been exhibited in several locations in Australia, Canada and also 'Impact 8' print festival in Scotland. We have recently received the great news that the folio will continue it's international tour, now traveling through Taiwan with a total of 11 individual exhibitions.

My particular print is an etching titled 'Centralia' and depicts a harsh and rugged central Australian landscape. 

'Boundless and Borderless' Taiwan Exhibition Poster

'Boundless and Borderless' Taiwan Exhibition Poster


10/02/2014 - Signed digital prints available for purchase from Fairfax

Fairfax papers are offering signed limited edition digital prints of my 'Kingfishers of Northern Australia' drawing. The drawing was recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and was also exhibited in the 'Australia Day Celebratory Exhibition' at Australian Galleries Sydney. Although the original drawing has now sold, personally signed, high quality digital prints can still be purchased through the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age online stores. Further details, exact specifications and purchasing information can be accessed through either of the links below.      


02/01/2014 - 'Australia Day Celebratory Exhibition' Newspaper Feature 

I have been lucky enough to be selected to appear in an article showcasing several Australian artists and their artworks in various national newspapers. The ‘wrap around’ article will appear in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, ‘The Melbourne Age’ and ‘The Canberra Times’ and run on Australia day, the 26th of January. Combined with ‘The Australia Day Wrap Around’ articles are two exhibitions, one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne. These articles will feature the artworks appearing in the newspaper plus several others. The original artworks appearing in the paper will be for sale through the galleries but limited edition digital reproductions will also be available for purchase through the newspapers.  My two main new works that will feature are ‘Northern Australian Kingfishers’ and ‘Daintree Rainforest’. They are both large ink pen and watercolour works with the Kingfishers work being shown in Sydney while the Daintree picture will be exhibited in Melbourne.

  'Kingfishers of Northern Australia' (Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper) Angus Fisher 'The Daintree Rainforest' (Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper) Angus Fisher

 

'Kingfishers of Northern Australia' (Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper) Angus Fisher

'The Daintree Rainforest' (Ink Pen and Watercolour on Paper) Angus Fisher


12/10/2013 - Leaving Troizen

I have just finished my stint in Greece and am now leaving for the UK. The last week or so in Poros and Troizen went well and the archeology project finished strongly with good momentum to hopefully continue next year. The last week of the project was primarily spent aiding the German team in making detailed maps of the Troizen site using advanced GPS equipment and consolidating the discoveries of the project so far. I also spent some time myself drawing both topographic and isometric maps with another member of the Australian team as well as continuing to draw finds from the Troizen site. During the week I also had the chance to look around the excavated remains of a small Byzantine church that I had not seen before. This church was located inside the Troizen city walls but because it was from the Byzantine and not the Classical era it has been overlooked during the survey so far.     

 

'Map of the Aphrodite Kataskopeia and surrounding terrain' (Ink Pen) Angus Fisher  

'Map of the Aphrodite Kataskopeia and surrounding terrain' (Ink Pen) Angus Fisher

 

At the beginning of the week I had the opportunity to attend a meeting  for the return of the Parthenon sculptures at the Parthenon museum in Athens. I attended the meeting with David Hill the Troizen project leader and also the president of the international committee for the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures. The meeting was very interesting and was attended by the Greek minister for culture as well as diplomats and delegates from various countries. During the half-day meeting the representatives discussed many ideas but the main topic of the meeting was how to ensure practical discussion and diplomatic progress between Greece and the UK around the sculptures. 

 'Column from the Troizen Acropolis' (Graphite) Angus Fisher

 'Column from the Troizen Acropolis' (Graphite) Angus Fisher

After the meeting the group was taken on a tour of the Parthenon by a chief restorer working there. She explained much about the restoration of the site and took us on a tour including the inside of the structure itself which was a rare privilege. As well as this amazing opportunity we were also given access to the Parthenon museum which houses many of the wonderful treasures recovered from the Parthenon site. It was amazing to see these wonderful sculptures and artefacts my favourites were a marble and copper head from removed from a sculpture of Aphrodite and the marble portrait of a ruler most likely Sauromates II, King of the Kimmerian Bosphorus.  

 

Parthenon Sculptures, Parthenon Restoration and the meeting of the 'International Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures' 

Parthenon Sculptures, Parthenon Restoration and the meeting of the 'International Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures' 

While I am in London I am looking forward to seeing many of the great museums and galleries and especially seeing the Parthenon sculptures missing from the structure itself now housed in the British Museum. I will be staying in  London for a week before going to Morocco and then onto Spain, Italy and Germany. 


04/10/2013 - Discovering ancient Troizen

We have made many good discoveries in our time here so far including sections of the Troizen wall, many terraces throughout the city and perhaps even the city's stadium. I have made several drawings and etchings with a variety of subject matter from panoramic landscapes to small pieces of ceramics. 

A member of the team found a fragment of stone tablet covered in beautiful carved ancient Greek script dating back to perhaps the 3rd or 4th century BC which is very exciting. I made several rubbings of the tablet and hope to complete a more finished drawing of it at a later date. I have continued drawing many of the old Troizen finds from previous studies housed in the local museum as well as making several other drawings and etchings of both the site and specific discoveries.

Making a rubbing of an ancient inscription on a stone tablet

Making a rubbing of an ancient inscription on a stone tablet

It has been raining for the last few days here on Poros which is making it difficult for the experts to use their highly sensitive GPS equipment on site. Because of this technological hold up we have changed our plan of attack to looking at other parts of the Troizen area and this has meant in the last few days starting a search for the ancient stadium. It has been hard, physical work but quite fun. The rain also has given me time to get some more drawing done.

On Sunday I am traveling by ferry into Athens with David Hill, the project director, and the rest of the Troizen team to attend a meeting at the Parthenon museum about the return of the Parthenon Marbles. The Parthenon marbles or Elgin marbles are a collection of sculptures that were removed from the Parthenon acropolis in 1812 and are now housed in the British museum. The marbles have become a symbol of stolen antiquity and for many years there has been a fight to get them returned to Greece. David Hill is the president of the Australian branch of an international body pushing for the return of the sculptures to their original home and we are attending the meeting to support him and this cause. After the meeting we are lucky enough to have been invited to receive a tour of the museum and Parthenon including into and up the Parthenon itself, a rare privilege. I'm am greatly looking forward to seeing this magnificent building. 

 

'Small Ceramic Figurines' (ink and watercolour) Angus Fisher

'Small Ceramic Figurines' (ink and watercolour) Angus Fisher

'Aphrodite Statue from Troizen Acropolis' (graphite) + 'Selection of Ancient Coins' (ink on paper)  Angus Fisher

'Aphrodite Statue from Troizen Acropolis' (graphite) + 'Selection of Ancient Coins' (ink on paper)  Angus Fisher

While drawing here I am mainly using my regular mediums and techniques. Fine ink pens with techniques such as stippling and hatching seem to work well rendering this kind of fine subject matter with watercolour paints being used to add colour washes to the drawings if necessary. I have also done a few graphite pencil drawings such as the 'Aphrodite Statue from Troizen Acropolis'. I am not that used to pencil drawing but it is a far faster technique and sometimes more suited to the environments here.


29/09/2013 - Staying and working in Poros, Greece

I am now staying and working on the island of Poros in Greece and have been here since the 19th of September. I am here with a team of Australian and German archeologists who are exploring and surveying the remains of the ancient city of Troizen.

 'Ancient spear head' (ink and watercolour) - Angus Fisher

 'Ancient spear head' (ink and watercolour) - Angus Fisher

Troizen has had a long and prominent place in Greek history but our studies are focused on the 'Aarchaic' (800-500BC), 'Classical' (500-323BC) and 'Hellenistic' (323-146BC) eras of the city in particular.  Some of the features of Troizen are described in various ancient sources such as Pausanias and Homer and several of these features including temples and fortified walls hove been located and excavated in previous studies. Many of these studies took place in the late 19th century but the last comprehensive study of the site was made in 1941 by a German archeologist named Welter. Many of these previously excavated sites require more study and detailed modern mapping while some of the city's other sites mentioned in ancient texts have not been located at all as yet. 

As well as drawing and painting there is always room to help with the surveying and exploration of the archeological site which spreads over several square kilometres and it is a fun and different experience for me. I have been drawing and etching both scenes of the current archeological site as well as many interesting items found in previous excavations that are held in the Poros museum. These include busts and various ceramic figures as well as stone tablets, fragments of architecture, jewellery, currency and weaponry. 

'Bust of boy from Troizen Acropolis' (ink and watercolour) - Angus Fisher

'Bust of boy from Troizen Acropolis' (ink and watercolour) - Angus Fisher

Copper etching plates with 'Aphrodite Kataskopeia' etching

Copper etching plates with 'Aphrodite Kataskopeia' etching

Using a small wooden box I made to contain several pre-prepared copper etching plates I have also been able to do some plein air etching of various scenes around the Troizen site including the Byzantine Church built on the base of the Aphrodite Kataskopeia. Hopefully over the time i'm here I will build up a substantial body of work around the antiquities of Troizen and Greece, enough to hold an exhibition after my return to Australia. 

 


05/09/2013 - Upcoming Archaeology Expedition to Greece