Meet the Artist: Katie Fletcher
Katie Fletcher portrait.
not just a shop is thrilled to introduce and welcome another UAL fine artist to the mix, Ms. Katie Fletcher. Graduating from Wimbledon College of Arts in 2016, Ms. Fletcher has since been focusing on her work as an artist and is currently being sold in our High Holborn location.

What is the inspiration behind your current pieces?

The painting in not just a shop (above) is one of a few small works that focus on the layering of paint to build an image. I wanted limited colour and a subtle form. I was collaging photographed seascapes of my hometown in Essex and the Vietnam coastline.

Who has influenced your work the most?

I refer to painters Helen Frankenthaler and Peter Doig, however cinema is also a prominent influence in my practice. I often look at filmmaker Patricio Guzman – I share a similar romanticised vision of landscape.

When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career as an artist?

For me, pursuing a career as an artist materialised midway through my BA after my work experience in Fine Art Insurance. It was after that when I realised the thing I love most about art is making it, and not necessarily the industries that surround it.

Left: Katie Fletcher sitting on a chair with a paintbrush in her hand. Right: Katie Fletcher painting.

What do you want viewers to take away from your work?

I want viewers to find something relatable in my paintings and I want the paintings to evoke an emotional response. I find depicting generic scenes in nature, or even illustrating journeys, can channel a collective sense of nostalgia.

What three things are essential to your practice?

Imagery is essential to my practice. My studio is covered in reference material: photographs, film stills, pieces of paper that I’ve collected, paint splats, different paintings, snippets of poetry, postcards, notes to myself. The notion of travel is essential to my practice; I gather imagery from the different landscapes and countries that I’ve visited. It’s important that I have a clear head and focus when painting. I tend to make a lot of mess but it’s very organised mess. I’m a planner.

What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?

I find Ruskin Park one of the most inspiring places in London; it’s just up the road from my studio, magical in every season and there are lots of hidden corners to find a sense of calm. Kew Gardens is also perfect – it’s great place to think about painting.

Left: Painting by Katie Fletcher. Right: Katie Fletcher standing besides one of her paintings.