Born in the Lake District in 1951, Gareth Fisher PRSA arrived in Edinburgh in 1969 to study at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). After five years of undergraduate study, he was awarded two sequential postgraduate years followed by a travelling scholarship to New York. On completion of his studies he taught at ECA whilst continuing with his own practice.
Fisher has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally throughout his career, including major solo exhibitions at Mercer Union, Toronto; Abbot Hall, Kendal; and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. He sat on the board of the innovative New 57 Gallery, ultimately becoming its chairman in 1978. The gallery curated notable exhibitions in Scotland of extraordinary artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Kurt Schwitters, Jock McFadyen, Marcel Broodthaers and John Stezaker.
In the early 1980s Fisher was appointed a Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. He held the position of Head of Undergraduate Studies in Fine Art, ultimately becoming Professor of Sculpture. During his tenure Fisher managed the multi-million-pound regeneration of the art college buildings.
In 2003 Fisher was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy. Becoming a full Academician in 2006, Fisher has played an important role in various RSA committees and served as Treasurer from 2013 to 2016. On 22 November 2022 Gareth Fisher PRSA was elected by his peers as the President of the Royal Scottish Academy at an Assembly of Academicians.
Gallery Image: Wood Construction, 2018