This weekend I had the privilege to visit the studio and home of artist Barry Pressing, more commonly known as ‘Fish.’
He lives in a beautiful rural setting on the NSW mid coast region. As we pulled up into the the driveway, my first glimpse of Fish was to see him busily at work in his indoor/outdoor studio.
Fish is a dynamic man filed with creativity, energy and passion for what he does. His works reflect this as they seem to almost explode off the canvas. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of his work as he experiments with a great variety of different materials, from automotive paint to gold leaf and acrylics, to name just a few. Below is a short video in which Fish shares is artistic vision and philosophy with us, a vision and philosophy that certainly resonate with me.
Here now are a few of the works I found gracing the walls of his house, my favourite is the one below – Fukishima – a wonderful expression and comment on this unforgivable man made disaster……
And here are some more works. Fish is not only cutting edge in terms of the materials he uses, but also in regards to the subject matter he chooses and the boundaries he pushes. He makes us think beyond our comfortable paradigm in his unique fusion of abstract realism, automobile & motorcycle artwork while often throwing in a mix of the early American counter cultures of surf art, chopper and Hot Rod fabrication and the illustration underground comics.