Hfish - abstract expressionist cartoon art
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Abstract, Expressionist, Underground Cartoon Art

Australian Artist Barry Pressing, known as "H.Fish" was born in California in 1948.

"Fish" began his profession at Berkeley University near San Francisco in the "Summer of Love" 1967. He was quickly enveloped in the time and the art, which included poster art for Jimi Hendrix and work with Robert Crumb and Rick Griffin on the hugely popular comic magazine "Zap Comix".

His long friendship with Rick Griffin and their work together is well recognised for it's individuality and originality.

Fish's love of automobile & motorcycle customising turned from a passion into his business in San Diego in 1970. He is credited with being the first person to chop a 911 and painting Janis Joplin's Porsche. This car is permanently on display at the Gulf Coast Museum in Port Arthur, Texas, USA.

Moving into the 80's, Fish worked on notable motion picture props including the flying wing for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the Batman Roadster for Batman II, which was subsequently sold to a collector in Japan.

The scope and depth of his work spans 40 years Ö Enjoy

 

When the cutting edge of Art shifted from Europe to New York in the late 1950's I was still young, but from my earliest memories I have been passionate about art and itís place in my life.

My early influences came from Abstract Impressionism and beat poetry. Jackson Pollock, who instigated American abstract expressionism along with Ginsburg and Kerouac, through the written word, fed "a need to know".

During the 1950ís and 60ís I was fortunate enough to be involved in the early mix of American counter cultures of surf art, chopper and Hot Rod fabrication and illustrating underground comics.

I count Ed Roth as an inspiration, Von Dutch as mentor and Rick Griffin as a friend.

“H.Fish” 2011