b.1938, born in Boston, Massachusetts;
lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont
Janet Fish believes that to stop changing is to die, and so she embraces change and looks to the underlying interconnectedness of things to fuel and sustain her art practice. Initially intending to be a sculptor, and having rejected Abstract Expressionism in her early years of painting, she continually experiments with formalism and champions the still life genre.
She has had a life-long preoccupation with the nature and substance of light, insisting that regardless of subject matter, the meaning in her work is determined by tone, gesture, color, light, and scale. Fish’s Tamarind print of 1981, Yellow Bowl, reveals how she experimented with the lithography process to depict the shadows, reflective surfaces, and textures of a table top scene.
In 1963, Fish became one of the first women to earn a Master of Fine Arts from Yale’s School of Art and Architecture. Her work is in the collections of numerous institutions including Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’ Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.