Edward Fisher was an art writer and journalist who throughout his career commentated on some of the leading names of the art scene of the seventies and eighties.
Fisher never gained the same recognition as a critic as many of his compatriots yet, despite this, he managed to build an enviously close relationship with the highly controversial British artist Wallace Slade. Slade was notoriously evasive about his background and passionately guarded about his private life. Still, Fisher managed to gain his confidence over a period of nearly three decades, securing private audiences with the artist that have given us invaluable insights in to the man and his work that would otherwise have been left undiscovered. A number of these interviews have been published previously, but many of them had been assumed lost and, in some cases, weren’t even known to exist.
After Fisher’s death his notebooks were placed into storage for many years. Nearly five years ago a relative of Fisher’s brought these documents to my attention. It was apparent after the very first peek amongst the mountain of notes, cuttings and transcript tapes that we had stumbled across something of great significance. Amongst Fisher’s writings was a bound folder of some 500 pages making up the initial draft of the authoritative biography that Fisher always intended to publish.
It needed much editing and re-ordering, but what it did reveal was a quite fascinating relationship between two men whose lives were to take drastically different trajectories. And for the first time Fisher’s biography reveled the horrifying truth behind the artist Wallace Slade’s untimely death.