Fred Escher paints what he “was” and what he “is”. As the artist explains...”I have always worn khaki pants, boxer shorts, blue shirts and top siders. I had red hair and big feet and always wished I had a friend that look just like me (not a twin) a friend that lived parallel to me. Like a mirror and not a shadow. He would be very smart in school, spell all the words right and add and subtract and speak Latin. His parents were scientists that discovered how animals talk and could read peoples minds. I don't paint ideas or dreams or visions, I paint and draw what my parallel tells me to. I start again and as long as my parallel is with me we will work together, and we do not grow old.”
Born in Minnesota 1940, Escher received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in1967. In 1980 he received a National Endowment for the Arts award. He exhibited extensively in New York and Chicago in the 1970’s and 80's with Phyllis Kind Gallery NYC and Nancy Lurie Gallery Chicago. He stopped painting and worked as a stretcher maker and truck driver for twenty-five years. Two years ago he returned to painting. This is the first exhibition of paintings by Fred Escher in over twenty-eight years.
The artist lives and works in New York City and Oaxaca, Mexico.