-Janet Fish was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1938 and raised in Bermuda.<br /><ul><li>She received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Smith College, Northampton MA and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. She also studied at the Skowhegan Summer School, Maine and the Art Students League NYC.
She is best known for her still life paintings, but also sometimes includes figures and landscapes in her work. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Her grandfather, Clark Voorhees was an American Impressionist, her father an art history teacher, and her mother, Florence Whistler Fish, a sculptor and potter.
She is best known for her still life paintings, but also sometimes includes figures and landscapes in her work. Her richly colored paintings and prints are virtuoso performances of painting and printmaking.
Janet Fish, much like Georgia O'Keefe, knew from a young age that she wanted to be an artist.
After taking many sculpture classes, Janet found her calling through painting.
She then began to paint realistically and graduated in 1963. </li></li></ul><li>she has shown her work in many major art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, and at many venues around the world. She has also won fellowships and awards, including American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, 1994, and a MacDowell Fellowships in 1968, 1968 and 1972. Her work has been published in several books - The Prints of Janet Fish, by Linda Konheim Kramer, Janet Fish by Garret Henry, and Janet Fish: Paintings by Vincent Katz. She is currently represented by D.C. Moore Gallery in New York City, and divides her time between her Soho loft and her farmhouse in Vermont. Her paintings reflect her indoor and outdoor domestic life, often containing still life objects from her collections of glassware and other objects. <br />
many of Fish's paintings are large, which is a different experience when viewed in person than a small still life, and has more of a "degree of difficulty" to paint.<br />Her work has been called photorealist, but she says that she is not a photorealist painter<br /> <br /> “Painting for me has always been like opening a door to a darkroom and saying okay, I’m going to step in. I hope there’s afloor there.”<br />
Inspiration<br />From the late 1960's, Fish has been affected by feminist ideas, which arrived in a big way at this time. At that time, few women taught in college art departments, and few women artists were represented in museums and exhibitions. Now, there are many serious female artists, and more female art professors; there has been discussion about whether women have a different aesthetic approach than men, or even a different way of making sense of experience. Certainly women have affected contemporary artistic thinking, in the materials they use and their attitudes and viewpoints. Female association with domesticity is not quite as heavy a burden today, though our historical experience with household chores and food preparation has influenced our lives, and consequently the art we make. Our role of tending to the small details, while men make the serious decisions, has hopefully lessened; we have been good at details and immediate tasks because that role was assigned to us, not because it is necessarily our nature. Fish said that the still life genre offers the greatest possibility for painters to include both realism and abstraction; her intricate reflections delineate both of these paths<br />
TITLE: Zinnias and Apple <br />ARTIST: Janet Fish <br /> WORK DATE: 1995 <br />CATEGORY: Prints MATERIALS: Woodcut SIZE: h: 24 x w: 18 in / h: 61 x w: 45.7 cm <br />
Artist :Janet Fish<br />Title: Honey jars <br />Medium :oil on canvas<br /> Size :66.3 x 54.5 in. / 168.3 x 138.4 cm.<br />Year: 1971<br />
TITLE: Dragon Kite <br /> ARTIST: Janet Fish <br />WORK DATE: 2007 MATERIALS: Oil on canvas SIZE: h: 40 x w: 50 in / h: 101.6 x w: 127 cm <br />
JANET I. FISH (American, b. 1938). Skowhegan Water Glasses, 1975. Oil on canvas. 40 x 42 inches<br />
Janet FishBalloons1999oil on canvas50 x 100 in.<br />
Description & Analysis <br />Fish's recent painting Balloons is another complex array of figure, landscape and still life, which she created by combining elements, rather than observing as an actual event. It consists of an outdoor celebration with food, balloons and children playing, and has an Impressionist feel in terms of the leisure and sunlight represented. Fish includes personal objects in her images, which offer an autobiographical element, such as a bouquet given to her present companion, painter Charles Parness, or items belonging to him, such as eyeglasses.<br />Balloons1999oil on canvas50 x 100 in.<br />