Edward Fisher was an art critic and journalist who during his lifetime studied the work and life of renowned British shock artist Wallace Slade. He died in 1989 and, now 27 years later, his finally complete and edited biography of the artist is about to be published for the first time.
Edward Fisher circa 1959
Growing up in post-war Britain Edward Fisher was part of the generation of artists and writers that flourished during the freedom and creativity of the time.
Fisher studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in the late fifties and it is there that he first became aware by the work of renowned British artist Wallace Slade and, as a consequence, disillusioned with his own artistic ambitions, preferring to swap brush for pen and follow a career as a critic instead.
His subsequent career as a journalist stuttered. Despite a talent as a reviewer of, in particular, modern art movements, he found acknowledgement hard to come by. As a freelance writer he often submitted reviews and essays to art journals and newspapers with varying success.
Throughout his lifetime Fisher maintained a continuing fascination for Wallace Slade, interviewing him on a number of occasions and winning his trust. Many of the notes and transcripts he gathered he used to form the basis of an extensive biography he planned to publish. It was only after the writer’s death that the full extent of Fisher’s notes and writings were discovered.
Edward Fisher died aged 45. His all-but-finished biography of Wallace Slade was only discovered long after his untimely death in 1989. He was survived by a wife and young daughter.
Where Beauty Is
by Edward Fisher, edited by Giles Ward
To be published February 2016 by Watchword ebooks
After art critic Edward Fisher died, author Giles Ward discovered a lifetime’s collection of notes and transcripts the writer had made in preparation for his biography of controversial twentieth-century British artist Wallace Slade.
Fisher’s biography reveals previously undisclosed details, often shocking, of the artist’s personal life, his tangled loves, powerful artworks, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.
Based on interviews covering a twenty-six year period – from 1963 to the very day of the artist’s death in 1989 – much of this material has never been published and reveals a deeply personal lifelong relationship between Fisher and Slade.
Where Beauty Is explores the dangers involved when such a relationship between a critic and his subject becomes too close.
Illustrated throughout with Slade’s artworks.