About the Artist

Statement

The graphic works displayed in this digital gallery are primarily prints. The processes which I have used in the creation of my works show a merging of multiple processes but primarily start from the copper etched master plate.

Drawing has been my skill. In etchings, I saw a transformation take place that got me excited. Not only was the image reversed but the bite of the acid gave in a new tactical intensity. It’s as if a mysterious hand re-drew the graphic, not always the way you had hoped, but always opening fresh opportunities. The etching medium technique has so very many variables. The strength of the acid , the moisture of the room the tack of the ink…the deftness of the printer’s wiping of the plate.  There’s no doubt that a well-made ink jet print (on archival paperstock) looks every bit as “rich” as a hand-pulled etching, but I will bet that the signed etching has more spirit and character. It’s a combination of the studio chop mark, the artist’s signature (and the occasional misplaced thumbprint) which will mark that image as unique beyond its “limited edition”.

Biography

Craig Fisher is a resident of Toledo, Ohio. He received in Bachelors Degree for the University of Toledo, School of Design in 1976. Craig has worked in various positions as a technical Illustrator, graphic designer and more recently as a concept artist. For the past 15 years, he has helped develop business-to-business visual learning tools. Many of these “maps” and electronic supplemental visual graphics help guide groups of people (by way of metaphor) through complex processes, which include financial literacy, supply chain, site training and strategic alignment within institutional and commercial organizations.  More recently he has worked to develop learning tools that help millions of people world-wide learn to manage chronic disease states such as diabetes and congestive heart failure. Craig is a passionate independent printmaker constantly exploring new and exciting ways to use today’s technology in the creative process while being faithful to time-honored printmaking practices. Craig has exhibited both nationally and abroad. His works are included public and private collections such as Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Purdue University and the University of Dallas. Craig works from his studio/home Ibis Press Studio and has two solo and group gallery exhibits scheduled for 2017.

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.”
– Vincent Van Gogh
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Or this quote about Prints from Vincent:

“The act of printing has always seemed to me a miracle, just such a miracle as the growing up of a tiny seed of grain to an ear – an everyday miracle, even the greater because it happens everyday. One drawing is sown on the stone or the etching plate, and a harvest is reaped from it.” – Vincent Van Gogh’s letters)