The Night Journal paintings develop upon Fletcher’s long-standing investigation of material cultures and intercultural spaces. As an extension to these ideas Fletcher has reintroduced pattern and decoration in response to a recent BBC documentary on Paul Gauguin’s life and artistic output entitled, Gauguin: A Dangerous Life (2019). This documentary featured the highly decorative works from Fletcher’s Virgin series (2001) alongside works of other artists such as Kehinde Wiley in its investigation of artistic responses to the works of Gauguin. Through the genre of still life painting, Fletcher has examined pictorial motifs that have come to represent Polynesia, including images of lush tropical vegetation and flowers as well as other patterns of consumption and domestic taste such as wallpaper placed alongside tribal objects and artefacts. This year Fletcher was awarded the Tylee Cottage Residency and Lilian Ida Smith Award which he will undertake in 2021 in Whanganui.
Image: Fletcher, Night Journal (Oranges and Blue Figure), 2020, detail