Eric Fischl’s drawings have fascinated me for years. He proves his artistic competence by creating a disturbing environment with these kind ofcombined images; that alone, bare less narrative significance.
He has a keen interest in satirising the suburban lifestyle. These figures present are forced upon one another in an awkward assembly. The figures seem discombobulated and uncomfortable which is typical tone from Fischl. Objects that stereotype the family life (briefcase, bicycle, toys) are thrown in to highlight that familiar scenario. The young nude male questions the viewer, proving that reality is complicated and typifies his dystopian view on life.
Fischl’s drawings are often a combination of fairly sketchy representations and more finished painterly styles. They are composites of what will eventually become a painting; however I can appreciate them as worthy finished pieces. The different levels of accuracy explore the artist’s process, how he is thinking, which is a combination of old and new techniques. Another insight into how he works is through the materials he uses; they allow for quick and easy correction when necessary.
Although the drawings are not one finished piece I think it is still important to recognise the process an artist may take. The genius behind these drawings initiated an entire years worth of work for me.