was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1938 and raised in Bermuda.
Fish received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Smith College and a
Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University.
A realist, Fish is
well known for her richly executed oil paintings and pastels of
glass objects, fruit and flowers. Her work has been included in
American Realism, Isetan Museum, Tokyo; Contemporary American
Realism since 1960, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and in
Real, Really Real and Super Real, a traveling exhibition organized
by San Antonio Museum of Art. Public collections include The
Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New
York; The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; The Cleveland Museum
of Art, Ohio; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; and Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts. Corporate collections include AT&T, American
Airlines, Amstar Corporation, Chase Manhattan Bank, Heublein Inc.,
Fish won the 1993
American Artist Achievement Award/Oils; an Australian Council for
the Arts grant to travel and lecture in Australia in 1975;
MacDowell Colony Fellowships in 1968, 1969 and 1972 and the Harris
Award, Chicago Biennale 1974.
Tulips in Green
Glass, a painting by Janet Fish, was featured on the cover of
Watercolor Highlights, published by American Artist, Summer 1993.
Watercolor 91, Spring issue, included a feature article, "Janet
Fish." In 1987, Burton Skira & Co. Ltd. published the book,
Janet Fish by Garrit Henry.
Fish thinks of
herself as a "painterly realist," primarily interested in light,
atmosphere, motion and lush, saturated color. Motion and energy
pervade Fish's compositions. In 1988, Fish turned to watercolors
and, in 1991, to collaborative screenprints at the Wing Lake Studio
of Stewart & Stewart, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Janet Fish works in
her studios in New York City and Middletown Springs, Vermont.