Michele Fletcher Canadian, b. 1963


Michele’s paintings are informed by the natural world. Relying on visual memory, they are more sensation than place: a process-led abstracted rumination on light, colour and form in a garden. Her paintings are a rhythmic, gestural and intuitive response to her immediate surroundings. The making of a garden, like a painting involves an intervention with material - pulling, pushing, manipulating and composing. A reimagining of our relationship with the natural world, the work is rooted in both the tradition of landscape painting and the language of abstraction.


Originally from Canada, Michele now lives and works in London. She studied at Goldsmiths College (BA hons Fine Art and Critical Theory) and Chelsea, graduating with a MA in 2007. The recipient of The Neville Burston Award for Painting (Goldsmiths College) and the Marmite Prize for Painting, she was also a Royal Overseas League Scholar at Hospitalfields, via the Patrick Alan Fraser Trust, Scotland. Michele’s painting Compost, was a prize winner in the 2020 John Moores Painting Prize. Her work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009, 2018, 2021 and 2022.


Fletcher’s work is represented in collections, including The House of KOKO, London (UK); Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge (UK); Soho House, London (UK); University of the Arts, London (UK); Ernst & Young Collection, London (UK); Bart’s Hospital, London (UK); Groucho Club, London (UK); among many others.