Fisk: Untitled Portrait

Canadian artist William Fisk risks everything for a chance at international success.
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Fisk: Untitled Portrait

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Canadian artist William Fisk risks everything for a chance at international success.

William Fisk paints big, breathtaking, photo-realist paintings of objects from the past: cameras, motorcycles, sewing machines, glasses and more, as long as the item evokes an era when things were meant to last. Fisk paints for six hours every day, no matter what, and each piece takes two to six months to complete. 

Until recently, Fisk was represented by one of Toronto’s most prominent art galleries — but when one of the world’s top art dealers expressed an interest in his work, his Canadian dealer dropped him. Now, Fisk needs to create a portfolio of new works to show the New York-based gallery, which will take a year. A year with no representation, no way to sell his paintings and no income.

Fisk has double-mortgaged his home and staked his family’s future on this risk. If the dealer takes him on, his career will reach a new level of international success; if not, he may face financial ruin.

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