His head peeked over a dusty cloud of helium and across the frail railing of tin and chipped glass and through a mist of silence. The dawn’s curtain opened with a flair of homespun lightbulbs that flashed with intensity. Was it simply the sun? Was he still in prison? He didn’t care. The vista swept out with promise and bright dreams. The land was powdered with velvet grasses and the river swept through the canal with all the force of a great seaway. It was only a backyard. But he imagined a sweeping land of freedom and excitment and thrills and adventure and song and illuminated faces all shouting out with pleasure, “Ho, ho, ho.” An illusion. But a fine one. So he kept it.
By John Fish acrylic on Tyvek paper December 2010. 24 in by 36 in.


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John Fish is a Los Angeles artist who paints abstracts, landscapes and portraits with expressive painterly strokes and heavily textured surfaces. I explore the way space flows to entwine objects that have no boundaries.

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  • Deborah Milligan
    Deborah Milliganover 3 years ago

    fabulous work john!

  • thanks very much

    – John Fish

  • walraji
    walrajiover 3 years ago

    Excellent work.

  • thank you

    – John Fish

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 3 years ago

    A beautiful scene John, and I agree with keeping those fine illusions.

  • thanks Richard

    – John Fish

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    beautiful work

  • thank you

    – John Fish

  • banrai
    banraiover 3 years ago

    like this… fine painting

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 3 years ago

    Wonderful John!! :)

  • Lynn Moore
    Lynn Mooreover 3 years ago

    This is great John…where have your whites gone? Love the title too : )

  • thank you so much Lynn and a Merry Christmas to you.

    – John Fish

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