Eric Fischl (b. 1948) is a prominent painter, sculptor, and printmaker, whose career spans more than three decades. He paints scenes of figures whose role in layered narratives evoke uneasy feelings of mystery and erotic tension. He was initially introduced to printmaking in 1982 and has since created over 150 prints and monotypes. He has also collaborated with several artists and authors, including Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz, Allen Ginsberg, and E.L. Doctorow.
An accomplished and experimental printmaker, Fischl has worked in intaglio, lithography, and monotype. His best known print, Year of the Drowned Dog, is considered to be one of the most important American prints of the 20th-century for its exploration of an altered narrative, suggested by the rearranging multiple panels. In 1986, The University Art Museum at Cal State-Long Beach organized “Scenes Before the Eye: The Evolution of Year of the Drowned Dog and Floating Islands,” with an accompanying catalog.
Born in New York, Fischl received his B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California in 1972. In 1974 he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he taught painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving back to New York City in 1978. His first solo exhibition was held in 1979. Mary Ryan Gallery held solo exhibitions featuring his works on paper in 1990, 1999, and 2002.
Fischl’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the country and Europe, including “Fischl: Paintings,” which originated at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1984 and traveled to the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Kunsthalle Basel, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work is represented in numerous private, museum and corporate collections, including Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the St. Louis Museum of Art, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, Paine Weber Collection, among many others.