Eric Fischl, ‘Untitled (Squatting Woman With Hand Up)’, 2016, Hexton Gallery

“In Squatting Woman and the other watercolors and glass work, I have been able to further explore my interest in a different kind of light, one in which substance is made up, almost entirely, of illumination. Light and water in combination are for me both a physical condition and a spiritual manifestation. Water represents the place we come from, whether by way of biology or immigration and, as such, it is a metaphor for transition and transformation.”

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About Eric Fischl

Neo-expressionist painter Eric Fischl achieved recognition in the 1980s for his figurative paintings exploring suburban adolescent sexuality, as in Sleepwalker (1979), which depicts a boy hunched over in a plastic pool, masturbating. His work commonly exposes the dark, disturbing undercurrents of American life; his unconventional 9/11 memorial sculpture, Tumbling Woman (2001), was removed from public view amid controversy. Fischl is also the founder of the “America: Now and Here” project, a mobile museum and performance space that will tour the U.S. for two years.

American, b. 1948, New York, New York, based in Sag Harbor, New York