Fletcher Sibthorp

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Fletcher Sibthorp

United Kingdom

Born in Hertfordshire, England in 1967, Fletcher Sibthorp has had a successful career as a painter since graduating with Honours from Kingston University in 1989. Although predominantly known for his dance paintings, Fletcher has produced a number of artworks as part of an ongoing series called Quiet Space.

“The Quiet Space series is for me my most personal work. I have found reward over the years in producing artworks that just ‘are’. I attach no great meaning to them and I shy away from explaining them in any way.”

“After embarking on this series back in 1999, I felt that I hadn’t fully explored the theme and found myself drawn to it time and again. Quiet Space represents for me, captured moments of human introspection and frailty, instants which exist and then are gone, whether an expression, the way light falls and catches the face, or a simple portrait. The simplicity of the paintings allows the viewer to naturally attach their own experiences and thoughts to the work. There is an underlying narrative in most of the pieces, but this is subtle.”

“Technically I’ve found that over the years my work has become more considered – following classical practices and ideals. Inspired by the work I admire at The National Gallery and Tate Britain and the recent  American resurgence in representational art, I embarked on the journey of honing my skills to create the work I wanted to create and to find my individual voice.”

I came to the conclusion that each piece produced had to be gem-like, created with care and skill. I wanted people to appreciate the work for what it was and be able to recognise the effort involved in producing each artwork – my own personal creation, painted solely by me and not one of many on a production line, painted by assistants. I had to be completely satisfied it was the best that I could do and anything less rejected.”

“I am not out to rock the world with my insights, but in some way I hope these paintings will touch the soul of someone, for a moment. If this is the case I have achieved what I have set out to do.”

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