Beth Fisher
RSA

  • Associate Elected : 21/06/1989
  • Academician Elected : 25/05/2005

BIOGRAPHY

  • Associate Elected : 21/06/1989
  • Academician Elected : 25/05/2005

Beth Fisher was born in Portland, Maine in 1944 and is a visual artist and printmaker. She studied at the University of Wisconsin and at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford in the 1960s and went on to marry her husband Nick Fisher in 1967.

After completing postgraduate studies in the United States, they both returned to the United Kingdom in 1970, moving to Glasgow in 1971 and Aberdeen in 1976. Fisher has worked at both Glasgow Print Studio and Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, and helped to establish both workshops. She was a founder member of Glasgow Print Studio in 1972, and was responsible for co-running the workshop for the first few years, with Sheena McGregor.

Her interest has also been figurative, even at the height of the abstract expressionist dialogue with minimalism in the late 1960s. In looking for models, she has always been concerned to explore issues of female identity.

The process of drawing has always been her connection to the world, the way she has made sense of things. After years of teaching and drawing she is unenthusiastic about arguments  over postmodern relativity of value and whether drawing is still legitimate. Drawing is her vocation.

Fisher is interested in the body, in interpretation of the body in the sense of individualisation and the connection to feeling. Although her work is rooted in historical precedents, it is not art history as such that interests her, so much as where art, historical or not, nears the edge of something and becomes revelatory.