Shirley Fletcher’s work on exhibition at Staithes Gallery
Painting and print-making are Shirley Fletcher’s passions. She works for as much of the day as she can, normally up to ten hours a day.
She works from her attic studio at the top of her Victorian terraced house in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. She also runs a popular Life Drawing group. The group has been going for over 30 years and attracts painters from far and wide.
“I believe that practising artists need to draw from life,” she explains. “It’s the backbone of the artistic process.” The human figure, usually portrayed as a nude – raw, vulnerable and tender, is central to her work.
Shirley is also inspired by the local landscape and her work includes many views of the stunning cliffs, moors and coast that surround her home. In addition she paints portraits and figure compositions incorporating local characters, for example in a Saltburn jazz band or at a farmers’ market.
Music and books are important to Shirley. She often listens to Beethoven, Mozart or jazz whilst painting. Reading also often provides inspiration for her work.
2004 The Reading Room, Whitby
2003 Saltburn Artists Projects, Saltburn
2002 Easthorpe Visual Arts Gallery, W Yorks
1991 Janus Avivson Gallery, London
1989 Camden Arts Centre, London
1984 Leeds University Gallery, Leeds
1982 Galerie D’Eendt, Amsterdam
1981 York Arts Centre
1977 Gallery 5 Dryden Street, Covent Garden
1977 Municipal Art Gallery, Middlesbrough
2005 – 2012 The Reading Room, Whitby
2001 Wrexham Print International
1997 Printmakers Council, National Open Print Competition, London
1990 Northern Printmakers, Billingham Art Gallery