October 2018

Recent Exhibition of Eugene's work 

brook street pottery & gallery

Eugene Fisk

You are warmly invited to our next Exhibition 
Eugene Fisk 1938 - 2018.
Please join us in Hay-on-Wye for the private view on
Saturday 1st September from 11am - 3pm
for sparkling wine and Venetian biscuits.
Brook Street Pottery and Gallery in conjuction with the Kilvert Gallery Collection is delighted to exhibit a vibrant show of the work of our much-loved Hay 'Artist-in-residence' Eugene Fisk.
In celebration of his life and work we have selected  landscapes, portraits, drawings and sketchbooks showing the breadth and depth of Eugene's art.
Proceeds from artwork sales will go towards a book on Eugene and to Hay Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees.

The exhibition
will be open
everyday through
h.Art week,
8th - 16th September,
10.30 - 5pm.
The exhibition will continue until the 29th September

Brook Street Pottery and Gallery is open Weds-Sat 10.30am - 5.00pm
We look forward to you visiting us in Hay-on-Wye



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Eugene's Christmas Card image, 2016




Refugees, migrants, asylum seekers; those hoards we see in the news. It is me, is it not, one of those fleeing the past and pressing on to hopeful safety; the nightmare in sleep, but never real until something of it is felt in what is called ‘empathy’, as I see the pictures. Thus the meetings of the Refugee Support Group came about spontaneously. People, strangers to each other, with one necessity: help must be offered. The surprising variety of abilities and backgrounds of those present, over a short period, resolved itself into practical action.

Then a day in April in Brecon took place, a day of welcome and sharing. For my part, did ART seem an appropriate offering? But having known these visitors only as distant news items, I wanted the experience of proximity. What happens face to face, between us, we strangers? When the request “Can I draw you?” was uttered, the response was one of openness. It meant surely that the sitter was of interest, worth the trouble of the acute attention and time needed to achieve a portrait. A connection was made,a connection mostly without language, quiet, without nervousness, and an image of a unique individual. Not, as newspapers might insist “us and them”. No, two people facing each other. One having lost mostly everything, the other seeming to have all he needed. One young man said “Can I draw you?” So in silence we drew each other. He completed a very accomplished drawing, expressing more than lineaments. Then there was Abdul, a young Bedouin man from Sudan, who had found his family dead after a bombing raid. He now was fashioning, with the provided clay, the animals he had been used to as family livestock: camels, goats, ponies. He was happy working with his fingers making models and giving them to the children about him. He, with the formerly sad face, now in touch, enjoying a brief community.

It was a moving day, and miles away from quotas of bodies, from politics, from bureaucracy, from hostility. What had been a hope in many evenings of planning, began to produce fruit.


Recent Portraits....






                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: Annabel Judson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

1st August 2015 - The launch of Eugene's new book OH HAPPY HAY! 

with an exhibition of drawings from the book, and book signing by Eugene at the Private View...




In March 2013 Eugene travelled with friends to Verona to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday. He's since then been working on a series of paintings of landscapes, architecture and street scenes from this and other travels in Italy. 

Currently he's also working on distilling down a selection of his work over the years, and items from his journals, into a new book about his experiences within the creative life.