Eric Fischl is a prominent painter, sculptor, and printmaker, whose career spans more than three decades. He paints scenes of figures whose role in layered narratives evoke uneasy feelings of mystery and erotic tension. He was initially introduced to printmaking in 1982 and has since created over 150 prints and monotypes. He has also collaborated with several artists and authors, including Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz, Allen Ginsberg, and E.L. Doctorow.
An accomplished and experimental printmaker, Fischl has worked in intaglio, lithography, and monotype. His best known print, Year of the Drowned Dog, is considered to be one of the most important American prints of the 20th-century for its exploration of an altered narrative, suggested by the rearranging multiple panels. In 1986, The University Art Museum at Cal State-Long Beach organized “Scenes Before the Eye: The Evolution of Year of the Drowned Dog and Floating Islands,” with an accompanying catalog.