Artist Profile: Andy Fletcher

Hello, Andy. I have been looking at you art and I have still been trying to understand what drew me immediately to it.

I noticed one thing right away: you are not afraid to be specific. So much of the other art is mushy feeling blotches and smears without form.

You paint the streak of the raindrop caught in headlight, and the curve of the wave made when it splashes in the puddle. And that's just the water and the wind.

Your objects have finely drawn hachure lines. Your faces almost have names.

Your objects have a solidity that reminds me of Hieronymus Bosch, or maybe it is the closeness. Traffic jams are impossibly tight. Houses and buildings are contiguous. Where a gap does appear... there are no gaps!

Are the foreshortened distances and claustrophobic living conditions a political statement about social congestion, a nightmarish dream you once had, an artistic framework for including more content, or D all of the above?

I would say that the general feeling of claustrophobia and congestion that permeates through my paintings is a reflection of the overwhelm that I feel, particularly living in cities. Modern life is so fixated on multi-tasking that there is no longer any one focal point or center, a concept which I try to integrate into my paintings alongside wider political statements, a painting like "The bomb factory" is a statement about the arms industry a perpetual production line without any allegiance to any country.

In one of your pictures people are being assembled and then placed into houses. Is this a statement about value assignment? When was it painted? Were you thinking about the housing market calamity?

The painting "The Production Line" featuring people being assembled and packed into houses was actually the first painting I did in this series and is a reaction against the external pressure I felt to join wider society, to get on the production line of getting a mortgage and a house and all the expected trappings of wider society.

Are there any artists who influence your work? Or that you really like enough to mention in this interview?

When I show people my paintings for the first time they always make the comparison of Bosch and Escher, both understandable comparisons. I would cite Bosch more than Escher as an influence and Bruegel should also cited alongside Bosch being a particular favorite of mine. I like artworks that tell stories, Hogarth is another artist who I feel did this very well and expressed the society of the 18th century satirically and politically, particularly his etchings.

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