Born in 1967, Fletcher Sibthorp has had a successful career as a artist since graduating with Honours from Kingston University in 1989. Although predominantly known for his dance paintings, Fletcher Sibthorp has produced a number of very personal artworks as part of an ongoing series called 'Quiet Space'.
"The series represents for me, captured moments of human introspection and frailty, instants which exist and then are gone, whether an expression, the way light falls and catches the face, or a simple portrait. The simplicity of the paintings allows the viewer to naturally attach their own experiences and thoughts to the work.There is an underlying narrative in most of the pieces, but this is subtle - the contemporary paring-down juxtaposing the classical references and themes.
Technically I've found that over the years my work has become more considered following classical practices and ideals. Inspired by the work I admire at The National Gallery and Tate Britain and the recent American resurgence in representational art, I embarked on the journey of honing my skills to create the work I wanted to create and to find my individual voice.
Embarking on what for me is a renewed journey, I want each piece to be gem-like, created with care and skill."
Overseen and directed by Fletcher Sibthorp at every stage of creation, these artisan-produced silk screen prints use Fletcher Sibthorp's original paintings as a start point to develop exceptional new artworks. The intimate nature of his latest body of work is further developed and expressed in this special collection.
"I have really enjoyed working with Fletcher Sibthorp on several pieces. He understands the lines the dancer is trying to achieve instinctively. He is able to portray those lines, great physicality and movement in his painting. I am very proud to have a painting of me by Fletcher Sibthorp hanging at the RBS, White Lodge." Darcey Bussell CBE former principle ballerina of Royal Ballet