Bernard Fischer, emotionally charged figures

A lot of children enjoy painting… with me, I just never stopped. Although I didn’t receive any training, at some point, I switched from poster paint to watercolors to oils. I’m a psychiatrist by training and painted as a stress reliever during medical school. But after starting to practice, I painted less often… I was deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, for most of 2014. When I got back home, I found myself painting again. I felt like painting was a piece of me that had been missing. Now I paint constantly.

I’m drawn to figurative painting because the human body is the most powerful and emotionally charged subject I can imagine. As a psychiatrist, I’m fascinated by the interplay between the mind and the body and how a single image can mean so many different things to different people.

I’m also drawn to taboo subjects such as race, gender/sexuality, and the interplay between art, pornography, and society. My recent paintings tend to have somewhat realistic figures with more nebulous or impressionistic backgrounds… the figures and backgrounds often bleed into each other. I think this produces a visual effect almost unique to painting and gives the paintings an ethereal feel.
Bernard Fischer