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Title

Olearia

(circa 1969)

Artist

William Fletcher

Australia

27 Oct 1924 – 22 Jan 1983

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  • Details

    Date
    (circa 1969)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on hardboard
    Dimensions
    50.0 x 60.0 cm board; 78.5 x 88.5 x 5.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., orange oil "Fletcher". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the William Fletcher Foundation 2008
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    13.2008
    Artist information
    William Fletcher

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • About

    William Fletcher was born and raised in the country town of Bellbird. He enlisted at the age of 17 in the Royal Australian Navy and saw active service. Although he largely eschewed the orthodox path of art schools, exhibitions and commerce by which reputations are forged, he did take some classes at East Sydney Technical and the Julian Ashton School after discharge in the 1940s. After several moves around Sydney he settled at Church Point in 1965 where he became a recluse until his death at the age of 58.

    Fletcher focused mainly on flower studies and still life from the 1950s, including a few early fantasy and religious subjects, and rodeo, circus and city street scenes of the 1960s. Margaret Preston, Adrian Feint, David Strachan and Margaret Olley are perhaps better known for their depictions of similar subject-matter, however, in Fletcher's vision there is an intense, Ruskinian attention to the detail of flower forms which connects him with a timeless tradition of botanical art going back to European masters of previous centuries.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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