About these works of art

The evolution in the depiction of the female form both in contemporary society and in art history lie at the heart of Stewart Fletcher’s current creative explorations. The nude figures in his drawings are constructed to varying degrees from observation, memory and imagination and are a transcription of impressions from the past and present studio sessions as well as the images and other mediatic influences that abound in contemporary society. It is obvious to the viewer that as a highly skilled draftsman, Fletcher has chosen his medium and style very carefully. It is equally clear that the artist loves the female form and is intrigued by the female psyche. He is also astutely aware of the politics of representation and the role that the male gaze and desire play in the creation of both historical and contemporary imagery. He fearlessly and unabashedly pushes some of his current creations past the undeclared representational boundaries through the use of dark humor, satire and the appropriation of low-culture imagery and other contemporary ephemera in an attempt to reconcile society’s never changing views, expectations and depictions of women in both popular culture and art with the views of women and the models themselves