Fletcher Prentice’s work is a celebration of the natural world, but also a celebration of paint itself.
Nature’s exuberant characters and colours as seen in exotic bird-life inspire him, while more recently he has been drawn to the more domestic beauty of the birds and plants in his own rural garden.
Paint is fascinating through its textures, its colours, its freedom and looseness. His work explores the ‘object’ of paint as much as it explores the ‘subject’ of nature.
“My work is a constant striving balance on the one hand my fascination with the object – using paint and enjoying the qualities of paint, breaking down and semi-abstracting the subject matter and surface – and on the other hand my desire to retain and capture the natural beauty of the subject, whether the human figure, an animal or a single bird.”