Born in New York City in 1947, artist Sandra Fisher became one of London's most beloved artist before her untimely death caused by Hurst disease in 1994.

As a student at the Californian Institute of the Arts, Fisher was greatly influenced by Delacroix, Monet and Matisse. She graduated in 1968 in minimalist art and sculpture, before soon realising her passion lie in painting her subjects in the most intimate of manners.

''It may look as if I don't owe anything to the greatest aspects of the Modernism of this century, but, in fact, I think about it all the time. I think of Modernism as a kind of boldness of spirit to say how strongly you feel about your subject, but also to find a simplicity, if it is possible.'' - Sandra Fisher, Independent Magazine 1993

Her work became about the presence of the subject, men and male nudes were some of her favoured subjects. Fisher's portraits differed greatly from her artist husband R.B. Kitaj's, whose subjects were made up of bold lines and shocks of colour.

Sandra Fisher and R.B. Kitaj, London, Lee Friedlan Sandra Fisher and R.B. Kitaj, London, Lee Friedlan

Fisher's erotic depictions of her subject evoke the style of her friend David Hockney. One of her favourite models to paint was Tullio. Fisher once painted a young Tullio reclining on a Corbusier chaise-longue, the same piece of furniture that features in Kitaj's The Refugees (Cecil Court, London WC2), 1983-84.

Fisher would often portray her subject in theatrical roles. She painted American actor Bob Wisdom reading Shakespeare. She painted may depictions of Bob Wisdom, best known for his role in cult television series The Wire and Prison Break. 

Sandra Fisher, 'Bob Wisdom, oil on canvas, 1991, accompanied by Alex Reid and Lefevre gallery documentation plus additional literature, 122cm x 91.5cm, signedLots Road Sandra Fisher, 'Bob Wisdom, oil on canvas, 1991, accompanied by Alex Reid and Lefevre gallery documentation plus additional literature, 122cm x 91.5cm, signed
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One such example of Fisher's portrayal of Wisdom will be part of Lots Road's auction on 28th January. The painting, from 1991, portrays Wisdom in a seated position as bold as her choice of colours, his legs spread wide and his hands gestured towards his manhood.

The 1993 show of Fisher's work at London's Lefevre Gallery highlighted her adoration for the theatre. Part of this show included a series of Shakespearean subjects commissioned by the Globe Theatre on Bankside. Unfortunately, Fisher passed away before she completed the commission.

Fisher's work played an important role in the depiction of London. She was commissioned to create a series of works for the London Transport Art on the Underground series. Fisher's pieces were displayed around the capital between 1989-1991. One of her most popular works with Londoners was Boating on Regent's Park which was used for London Underground's Days on the Water poster.

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