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Exposition a L'Ortensia, St Gervais sur Mare, mi juin au septembre, oeuvres récentes

This summer I will be showing some new work at L'Ortensia, Michelin restaurant with exhibition space, St Gervais sur Mare

Open Wednesday through Sunday, tel +33 (0)4 99 42 00 91. from mid June until end September 2024

Bridgeman Art Library, London have chosen work from my collection for their new venture, Bridgeman Editions

Expo permanent The Art Gallery 17, rue de villeneuve, 34610 St Gervais sur Mare

tel +33 (0)623921960




   Installation L'Ortensia 2024


    Etaing 60 x 80 2024



     Swimming Pool series 2023


    Sculpture study 12x17


   Swimming pool series I 38x28



                                       Pastel,  The Long Table 120cm x 80cm.

                                       This was the painting, done in my garden,

                                       that gave Rick Stein the idea to film his episode 

                                       of  'A French Odyssey'  in that location.


   Regensburg barges                     


    Collioure Hotel


     Blue water, 60x90, 2023 mixed media 


           Below are three of the prints on show at our gallery in 

           St Gervais sur Mare 34610 France



           No1 Le Repos, colour woodcut

           No2 Farm North Menorca, etching

           No3 Woman in the mirror, woodcut


SIMON FLETCHER left school at eighteen and after passing the exam for the Royal Society of Chartered Surveyors decided to study Fine Art.

In 1971 he left the South of England University of the Arts with his Fine Art Diploma and, after a short period working for the Forestry Commission learning about trees, was employed as a landscape draftsman in Hampshire, England.

Here he honed his skills and produced designs for pottery and iron work in addition to drawing up plans and surveys for garden projects.

In 1975, living in Oxford with his wife and son, he formed Simon Fletcher Landscape Designers and continued to design while at the same time pursuing a career in Fine Art.

In 1980 he won the first prize for a garden scheme and had his self portrait accepted for inclusion in the BP Portrait award among 45 other entrants from a submission of over 600.

In 1982, he moved with his family to the Languedoc region of France and has since exhibited in Paris with Paul Feiler, In Germany and Austria with many well known painters, Salzman, Fussman, Fetting, and in Italy with the Sienese and Salerno Museum services

In particular the German tradition of painting has been a deep and lasting influence, and the experience of working in Italy over a longish period fascinating and rewarding, culminating in a retrospective exhibition at the MOMA in Salerno Italy in 2016






         Ravello 5 

                 A new suite of five prints of Ravello, Italy, in a limited edition of ten folios.

                Each print is signed, titled and numbered including the folio number.

                The  prints were made using the sugar lift etching technique on copper plates which were then                                photographed at high resolution and printed on Somerset cotton rag paper using Epson lightfast inks

                The folio costs 1500€ for the five prints and the folio itself is made from cotton rag 350gm paper

                This offer is limited to ten folios only. 

                To receive one please email Simon Fletcher at

                Below is Ravello 5 No 4 


               PRESENTATION the mural for the French Association for the        

               Handicapped  near Montpellier France. 

               M. P Causse and   friends







                     Balcony decoration for a private client near Geneva 





                     Balcony decoration 18x1.1 meters

                     The images are printed on di-bond, aluminium sheets that are water and UV proof

 My studio gallery is open for visitors by appointment 

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                    Kitchen splash back printed on washable, colour fast vinyl for a client in Geneva

                    Credence pour cuisine a Genève, imprimé sur vinyl



A permanent exhibition of work is on show at 

The Art Gallery17 .

Please contact me if you wish to visit the gallery.



 70 page catalogue for a retropective exhibition at the Mueum of Modern Art, Salerno, Italy

As this catalogue is no longer available there is now a selection of paintings from the Ravello Contemporary Art Centre in the paintings section of the web site

 a new series painted in my Moroccan studio. 

Morocco series 18x28.

each  650€ unframed

Best selling artist on Bridgeman London


This is what the well known journalist and writer David Shirreff wrote about the mural project which can be viewed at Château Camplazens, La Clape, Narbonne


Getting inside the painter’s mind


Simon Fletcher is one of the best watercolour painters around. He has spent over 30 years refining his technique, which is a mile away from the British tradition, and closer to that of the Austrian and German expressionists, such as Emil Nolde, Oscar Kokoschka and Karl Schmitt-Rottluff.

When asked, out of the blue, two years ago to produce a mural covering 50 square metres of a wine estate building in southern France, Simon saw it as the opportunity of a lifetime to explore and explode the essence of the watercolourist’s art– literally by blowing up his work.

This is not as easy as it sounds. The essence of watercolour is the transparency of many pigments and the whiteness of the paper illuminating the image from inside. Blowing up a watercolour using traditional enlargement methods tends to reduce the illumination to an insipid greyness.

But with graphic techniques applied by his son Gerry, who works as a graphic designer at the BBC, the intensity of the paint stays the same regardless of the magnification. So the viewer is confronted, not by a sea of pixels, as in a Roy Lichtenstein classic, but by intense brushmarks and contrasts. It is if a giant hand using gallons of paint has been at work. You see the individual atoms of pigment mingled in organised fractal chaos.

For the first time, perhaps, the art of the watercolourist is revealed in amazing detail on the big screen.

Peter and Susan Close, who commissioned the work for Chateau Complazens, their winery near Narbonne, asked for an unusual mural. What they have ended up with is an extraordinary adventure into the possibilities that the digital age offers to watercolour.

The mural will be opened to the public on Saturday June 28th. There is a special press opening on Friday July 4th. +33 (0) 468 453 889 +33 (0) 467 236 528 +33 (0) 623921960


David Shirreff, formerly with The Economist helped to organise an exhibition of Simon's work sponsored by The Economist

Travel and work

For years now I've travelled to learn from other painters and places and have been lucky to know some of the truly great painters as well as having the huge pleasure of discovering new places and cultures.

I was invited to write my first book in 1994 and this gave me the opportunity of sharing my pleasure and excitement in some ground breaking painters as well as writing about the new and better paints that have become available over the past thirty years.

Since then I've gone on to write ten books mostly about my own work in watercolour and pastel. Some are still available and you can find a bibliography under the books heading with a short description of each book and how to order them.

"Surely one of the greatest living watercolour painters" R Muller Mehlis writing in The Munchener Mercure

"Simon Fletcher has reinvented pastel painting" Professor W Rupen, Sion, Switzerland