ARTful are pleased to be showcasing the work of Jake – Oliver Fishman in the reception of 20 Red Lion Street WC1. We first came across Jake – Oliver Fishman at The Other Art Fair and are delighted to be working with him since.

Fly 165 x 36 ‘Fly’ 35 x 165 cm Ink on acrylic glass currently on display at 20 Red Lion Street, WC1

Jake has a background rooted in sculpture, installation and performance, all of which now partake in feeding his practice as a painter. As with his previous work, his painting has developed to become something of a meditative performative experience, yet now performed in private.

Paintings are produced using black ink, white pigment, and clear carrier liquids to transport his inks across the acrylic glass he works on. The process begins with a structure being made for the acrylic glass to be laid on. Given the flexible nature of the glass, a landscape is created where hills and troughs dictate the initial flow of the inks. The paintings are built up in thin layers, each time the glass being subtly adjusted to dictate the direction of flow. As well as inks being gradually layered on top of the painting, they are injected beneath the surface giving them ever greater depth.

Everywhere - 100 x 100‘Everywhere’ 100 x 100cm Ink on Acrylic

The clear carrier liquids act as a catalyst to the black inks. The molecules of the different colours within the inks are attracted to the carrier liquids at varying degrees. As the liquids make their journey, the individual colours that make up the blacks therefore move at different speeds. It is this reaction that enables Jake to gradually tease out the unique colours that make up each different black. Inks are sourced from all over the world as each is entirely unique in the colour pallet it offers.

Through heating or cooling parts of the liquids, while repeatedly adjusting the heights of different areas of the acrylic glass, Jake has managed to bring an element of control to an otherwise chaotic event. It is this dance between that which can be tamed and the uncontrollable, that has resulted in Jake becoming totally immersed with this approach to creating work.

Following partaking in a Vipassana, his meditation practice has become part of his art practice. Prior to starting a painting he meditates, picturing the dimensions of the piece he is about to work on. Once he gains an understanding of what he wants to achieve across the surface, he starts the process of applying the rest set of materials.

‘Fly’ will be on display until July 2017. To make an appointment to view or for any further information on other work contact 0208 702 8030 or email