Boatyard Near Falmouth Harbor by Kevin Fletcher

Boatyard Near Falmouth Harbor by Kevin Fletcher

Boatyard Near Falmouth Harbor

Kevin Fletcher

Title

Boatyard Near Falmouth Harbor

 
Artist

Kevin Fletcher

  1956 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2013  
Technique
softground etching drawn with cardboard chips on a zinc plate. 
Image Size
4 7/16 x 5 15/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
proof, state 3 
Annotations
pencil titled and dated after signature 
Reference
 
Paper
Rives BFK watermarked 
State
state iii 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
KEFL176 
Price
$350.00 
Description

At a casual glance Kevin Fletcher's monotypes and etchings can appear to be photographic, with their rich blacks and silvery grays but, upon further examination, are anything but photographic. Fletcher's images are spontaneous and, after pulling the paper from the matrix, he assigns each work a title, often based on his first response and his active imagination. It is up to the viewers to draw their own conclusions.

Fletcher created this imaginary boatyard, near Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod in Massachusetts based on personal memories. He applied a softground to a zinc plate, scraping and manipulating it using cardboard chips and then biting the plate with acid. He approached this like a monotype, evolving the image but not formally editioning it, creating more of a monoprint.

In an October 13, 2007 review of Fletcher's monoprints in a San Francisco exhibition, San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Kenneth Baker made the following observations:

"North Bay artist Kevin Fletcher has verged on the topical now and then in his masterly monotypes, evoking industrial architecture - and thus, industrialism - in ruins…. Contemporary graphic art does not get any better.

Fletcher can stand comparison with Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), whose etchings of imaginary prison interiors they sometimes bring to mind. Fletcher has added monochrome tints to several of the new prints, enhancing their suggestions of smoky light."