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Mark Fletcher is an artist whose paintings tell stories. The stories are of us as seen through the eyes of a youth who moved about, living in various regions of the country. In 1974, he was enrolled at Trinity College School, Port Hope, ON and began a casual study of painting and art history. His interest in the arts continued into university and flourished into a full time career.
Mark's paintings seem to extend beyond their physical bounds. They live with you and perhaps even haunt the viewer. The suggested movement is dynamic and they evoke feelings, which cannot be forgotten or overlooked. His use of vivid colour creates a joy that emanates from his canvases.
The minimal landscapes that he creates are personal and sensitive.
In all of Mark's paintings there is a clear graphic statement, finely defined. As a viewer his works, first on a visceral, captures your level and then intellectually and spiritually.
As well as painting, Mark is an accomplished musician:
"I perform with two pipe bands,Stratford Police Pipes and Drums and Dundas Pipes and Drums. I do a lot of solo work as well as a piper and multi instrumentalist. Several sound studios use me when they have artists come in that need some additional instrumentation added to their cd's. As well I've been a guest artist performing with several symphony productions...
I perform with a 5 member Roots Music/Celtic ensemble called the Steel City Rovers as well. This group is really taking off! We're very busy in New York, Pennsylvania,Ohio and Michigan as well as Ontario.We are making our first tour to The U.S. midwest in April 2016 with stops in Nebraska and Colorado. They are an amazing crew,very creative and can really play! I'm the 'ol guy who does a lot of the behind the scenes managing."
Born on April 16, 1957 in Ontario. Nationality is Canadian
1992 First international exhibition, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1987 Elected to the board of trustees of the Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario
1986 Elected vice president of the C.S.P.W.C.(Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour)
1981 Studied at the Instituto Allende, Mexico, under the Javier F. Sauze Art Scholarship
1980 Graduated from the University of Guelph, BA, Combined Major in geography and fine arts
1978 Studied in Florence, Italy
2016 p r a i r i e, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 Ken Campbell & Mark Fletcher, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 StoryTeller, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
1993 Perth-Huron Juried Exhibition, Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
1992 Three Canadian Artists, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1989 New Works, Merton Gallery, Toronto, ON
Board of Commissioners of Police of the City of London Collection, London, ON
Canada Post, Toronto, ON
Dominion Securities Ltd., Toronto, ON
Ernst and Whitney, Toronto, ON
Javier F. Sauza Tequila, Calgary, AB and Guadalajara, Mexico
Tilly of Canada, Toronto, ON
1993 Award Huron-Perth Juried Exhibition, Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario
1989 Babs Codgill Haworth Award, C.S.P.W.C. Diamond Jubilee Collection presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II