Tony Fisher

Tony Fisher

His journey as an artist started at Derby College in the early 1970s where he fell in love with iconic artists, such as Henri-Cartier Bresson, Man Ray and Salvador Dali, and has continued to this day. His photos are also heavily inspired by a painterly tradition, such as his ‘Homage to Chagall’, an un-manipulated image featuring a watery blue ‘palette’ that could be part of the oeuvre of the Russian-French folk-inspired ‘Naïve’ art by Marc Chagall. But achieving his goals as an artist was never easy and tragedy nearly derailed his ambitions.The death of his wife from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and both his parents in the space of just one year put Anthony on a dangerous downward spiral.Anthony started to experience mental health issues, including anxiety and panic attacks, and struggled to find adequate support. He says he “saw all this tragedy in my past and art was the thing that kept me alive.” For 7 years, he worked as a taxi driver to help make ends meet but he never lost sight of his ambition to be an artist, using the opportunity to take photos from the window of his cab. He is currently working on an Arts Council England project, exhibiting at a series of shows across the UK!

About Work

Only The Lonely’ is a photographic project by Tony Fisher that focuses on loneliness, isolation and well-being. It is funded by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.

A photographic artist who looks through the lens and captures what he sees – transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, seizing the moment.

Tony wants to explore and research loneliness, isolation and well-being, something he has battled with personally for over 40 years.  The project, starting in mid-2019, will take Tony on a journey of reflection and self-discovery and introduce him to others who have experienced loneliness and isolation too at QUAD, Air Arts Royal Derby Hospital (Derby), Erewash Museum, Ilkeston (Derbyshire), City Arts, Broadway (Nottingham), and The Arthouse (Wakefield).

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