Due to the success of the screens exhibition at the Fisher Gallery in 1985, a second screens exhibition was curated for November, 1987.
For centuries the folding screen has played a special part in Art and Decor (especially Chinese and Japanese). Initially designed purely for utilitarian purposes, they increasingly performed a decorative function. While a screen is intended to serve as a room divider (i.e. to create a movable wall standing free in space) it has also been the medium for some of the most colourful and exuberant expressions of the Painter's art. The result is a surprising mixture of different imagery, shapes, styles, and materials. Therefore artists are freed from the conventions and restraints of formal painting and are able to work in a more liberated manner.