Fletcher Sibthorp

Fletcher Sibthorp

Born in Hertfordshire, England in 1967, Fletcher Sibthorp has had a successful career as a painter since graduating with Honours in 1989. Fletcher’s paintings adorn the walls of art galleries, restaurants, private residences and commercial premises around the world and have featured on the covers of many books. He is one of the most successful published artists in the UK today, with many of his limited edition prints highly sought after.

Primarily a figurative painter, Fletcher draws his inspiration from many different sources; books, music, travel and – more specifically – dance performances.

"I was always interested in the human form and except for a few paintings have painted nothing but. To interpret weight, form, light and then the flow and line of the human form is the challenge. To create the body with as much economy of line as possible, like Gustav Klimts drawings, is the ultimate goal. As a figurative painter, I also like the way you are involving the viewer. You are asking them to interpret and add their own experiences to a painting. People cant help but associate or relate to a figurative work. Its not the same with a bowl of fruit or landscape, no matter how dramatic it is."

Although some critics believe that Fletcher Sibthorp is a traditional painter; his methods are in practice highly experimental. Fletcher himself refers to his style of work as painting by serendipity, or painting on the edge.

"Painting for me is an expressive process. My role is to decide whether something works ... and if certain elements add anything to the whole. Its a fine balance of control and experimentation. Even I dont know how the paintings will develop. They take on their own life, creating their own spirituality."