Brian Fisher, 1939-2012
Born: Uxbridge, England, 1939
Died: Adelaide, Australia, September 21, 2012
Nationality: Canadian, British
Fisher was born in Uxbridge, England. After emigrating to Canada, he studied at the University of Saskatchewan's Regina College, the Vancouver School of Art and the Academia de Belle Arti in Rome. He taught at the University of British Columbia and at the Vancouver School of Art, University of Calgary, the Banff Summer Workshop and the University of Regina. When in Regina, Fisher worked under and was influenced by several members of the Regina Five and also by the Russian Constructivist style that emphasized a sense of movement, a melange of modern abstract design and ancient philosophy.
Following his first solo exhibition at the New Design Gallery in Vancouver in 1965, Fisher garnered national attention when his work was shown in the Canadian Pavilion at Expo '67 in Montreal and in Perspective '67, the Canadian Centennial exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Fisher's most important Canadian commission was a mural for the Montreal International Airport at Dorval, which has long been regarded as "one of the most successful marriages of art and architecture in Canada."
Fisher's paintings have been shown across Canada, and they are represented in the collections of every major art museum and university in the country including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario and Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal.