A New Zealand-born artist of Samoan and European descent, Graham Fletcher is interested in Pacific colonial history. Referencing visual and material cultures of Samoan and European heritages as well as objects that are found in the Pacific collections of museums throughout New Zealand and Europe, Fletcher’s paintings reflect his interest in the collection and display of Pacific ethnographic material. In his paintings, Pacific ethnographic material is placed within modernist interiors, in what he describes as a kind of ‘lounge room tribalism’.
Fletcher completed a Doctorate of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2010. Since 1997, he has exhibited throughout New Zealand and abroad, including in Future Primitive at Heide Museum of Modern Art (2013) and the 7th Australia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (2012). Fletcher’s work is held in major collections including at the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, University of Auckland, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.
Image: Graham Fletcher in Future Primative at Heide Museum of Modern Art (2013), installation view, photography by John Brash, image courtesy of Heide Museum of Modern Art.