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2016 NEWS. Until 12th July, Retrospective          Exhibition of paintings of Ravello and                Salerno at the Salerno Museum of Art.              Many watercolours and pastels from                 my visits to this lovely region of Italy

Paintings can be viewed in my gallery at ATELIER SIMON FLETCHER, 34610 St Gervais sur Mare.     Tel+33 623 921 960

As well as the dates listed in the workshops section of this web site it now seems likely that I shall be painting with a small group in the villages of Collioure and Port Vendres in the Roussillon, near the Spanish border, in September. More details to follow.

In December my work was featured as BRIDGEMAN STUDIO Artist of the month images and an interview - Representing some of the best known contemporary artists, the Studio is going from strength to strength and several newprojects are being prepared for my     work - thank you Bridgeman Studio!

Bridgeman publishing  hold a growing number  of works for reproduction                  in various media, illustrations, prints, and some originals.

http://www.bridgemanimages.com/

four days painting in the fabulous  German city of REGENSBURG in mid September. Now fully booked

workshops  in  2016 

Please go to WORKSHOPS in the list above   for workshop dates in 2016

Cliquez sur WORKSHOPS  pour dates de mes ateliers en 2016

In the gallery you will find a selection of watercolours, drawings and pastels. Landscapes, still life, portraits and ceramics.

Voir ma GALLERY en cliquant au dessus, aquarelles, dessins, pastels, ceramics etc       




churches in Ravello

 Jour de Fete, 36x56 watercolour

Painting in a French village on a beautiful hot day in May. 


My images are available for reproduction as calendars or illustrations: check out the Bridgeman site below

Images pour cartes, calendriers ou illustrations 
   http://www.bridgemanimages.com/fr/$FTC   
        

 Voici la cote à Port Vendres, lieux mythiques pour les peintres. Ici, il y a cent ans les grands peintres, Picasso, Matisse, Derain etc. sont venues pour faire leurs expériences dans l'art moderne. Vous aussi avez la possibilité de peindre ici 26, 27 et 28 septembre avec moi et un petit groupe des peintres. N'hésite pas à me contacter si ça vos interesse!

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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 www.camplazens.com.

 

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.

www.camplazens.com +33 (0) 468 453 889 

www.simonfletcher.org +33 (0) 467 236 528 +33 (0) 623921960

 

David Shirreff, formerly with The Economist helped to organise an exhibition of my 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