November 9 – December 13, 2018

Roll Up Project is pleased to present paintings by Lin Fischer.

Lin Fischer’s paintings of figures and landscapes explore the natural environment from a Californian perspective. Drawing on the legacy of the Bay Area Figurative movement, Fischer’s partly abstracted images transport the viewer to dreamlike and serene landscapes, some of which include figures or animals. Fischer describes her painting practice as a way to get in touch with a higher power. Her distinctive brushwork guides the viewer along the planes of the landscapes, implying breezes, rippling water, and waving grasses. The blocks of color coalesce to form familiar scenes of the delta, foothills, and coastline that comprise California.

In the Harrison Street window, Red Sky at Night depicts two swans meeting in a large body of water under swirling skies in magenta, purple, orange, and white. Their beaks touch, forming a heart shape between their long necks. Fischer’s brushstrokes and spatters of paint move the viewer through this meditative moment, encouraging a contemplation of the connection between two animals, the open landscape at dusk, the changing light and the depth of the water.

In the windows on Third Street, Fischer presents two paintings: Nude at the Beach and White Tears. Nude at the Beach highlights her masterful handling of color and light. The figure gleams in the sunny landscape, surrounded by blocks of color that move the eye around all sections of the canvas. Similarly, the drips of white paint trickling through the verdant greens of White Tears command the viewer’s attention, capturing the essence of a salty ocean spray. Fischer brings these moments of clarity to the viewer as a reminder of our shared humanity and the importance of spending time in nature.

Lin Fischer is a painter based in Oakland. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and is held in public collections including the Morgan Flagg Collection, the Mills College Art Collection, Fresno Art Center, and Buck Foundation, among others. Fischer received a BFA from the University of California, Davis, studying under Wayne Thiebaud and Roland Peterson, and an MFA from the Academy of Art College. Fischer has taught painting at many local art institutions including the Academy of Art College, California College of the Arts, and Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education.

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Red Sky at Night, 2018
acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches
photo credit: Kim Herrington


Nude at the Beach, 2018
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
photo credit: Kim Herrington
White Tears, 2018
acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
photo credit: Kim Herrington