Frank Fischer (b. 1974) holds a MFA from Chelsea College of Art and Design. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland and is currently based in London. In 2007 he was the winner of Jerwood Contemporary Painters.
Frank Fischer’s gloss-on-aluminium paintings present a highly charged linear surface of reductionist colour code, introducing a synthesis of technology, traditional study and a highly mastered process. Although his paintings have a sleek, almost clinically perfect appearance, the physicality and potentially chaotic aspect of his process are visible at the bottom of every work – with a row of stalactite-like dried drips, suspended at the edge of the stretcher.
Driven by his search for arresting colour ranges, Fischer explores the history of art and selects works purely based on the extent and order of their intrinsic colour spectrum. He then digitally processes the image and draws a selection line across the work just one pixel wide that samples the widest and most interesting colour palette.
“The most interesting part is seeing other paintings with completely different eyes – I look at the colour bases for a good combination. And I always use the original title – it’s a trail or a clue for people to find out more.”
Fischer pays homage to his source-pieces by intersecting the most significant details of the work.
“Say in a work like The Last Supper, I’ll want to take the line through the head of Jesus” Fischer points out.
Frank Fischer has exhibited broadly around the world.