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H. Fish

Contemporary International Australian Artist ‘H.Fish’ was born in California 1948. He began his profession at Berkeley University in the Summer of Love (1967). He was quickly enveloped in the time and the art, which included poster art for Jimi Hendrix and work with Robert Crumb and Rick Griffin on the hugely popular comic magazine Zap Comix. His long friendship with Rick Griffin and their work together is well recognised for its individuality and originality.

 

Fish is well established in the style of surrealism, popular surrealism and original contemporary art. His love of automobile and motorcycle customising turned from a passion into his business in San Diego in 1970. He is credited with being the first person to chop a 911 Porsche and painting Janis Joplin's Porsche with Dave Richards and Christoph Grunenberg. This car was permanently on display at the Gulf Coast Museum in Port Arthur, Texas and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio. In December 2015 the Porsche was sold for US$1.76 million.

 

Moving into the 1980s, Fish worked on notable motion picture props including the flying wing for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Batman Roadster for Batman II, which was subsequently sold to a collector in Japan.

 

When the cutting edge of art shifted from Europe to New York in the late 1950's Fish was still young, but from his earliest memories he has always been passionate about art and its place in his life. His early influences came from Abstract Impressionism and beat poetry. Jackson Pollock, who instigated American abstract expressionism along with Ginsburg and Kerouac (through the written word) fed 'a need to know' in him.  According to Fish, during the 1950s and 1960s he was fortunate enough to be involved in the early mix of American countercultures of surf art, chopper and Hot Rod fabrication and illustrating underground comics.

 

The amazing scope and depth of his work spans 49 years and is held in noted collections throughout the world.

 

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