The Art of Graham Fletcher

The Third Space: the Art of Graham Fletcher looks at the twenty-year work of this contemporary New Zealand artist, demonstrating how he harnesses the ambiguous to bring together Pacific culture and European art history in a cultural limbo.



The Third Space: the Art of Graham Fletcher showcases selected works from 1998 – 2016 and is curated by Linda Tyler, Associate Professor of the University of Auckland, and Hannah Burgoyne – currently completing her MA thesis on Graham’s work.


In Graham Fletcher’s artworks, mistinted patterns oscillate against a gridded background while black and white wallflowers cling messily together.


Figures lurk beneath Pacific patterning, visible yet elusive.


A slender statue freezes in the smooth modernist interior of a collector’s home. Multiple interpretations collide in an intersectional ‘cultural third space’.


As well as cultural identity and interests in collections of Pacific material culture, Graham Fletcher says his work is influenced by the field of design.


The painting incorporates a consciousness of the insider and outsider without privileging either his Samoan or European culture.


Reflecting upon his career, Graham Fletcher says the first ten years was defined by a vast amount of experimenting with materials and processes, “although the work was always culturally based”.


“During the last ten years, I have concentrated more on ideas of the displaced or decontextualised object.”


Since completing his Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications at Unitec Institute of Technology, Graham Fletcher went on to complete his Masters of Fine Arts followed by his Doctorate of Fine Arts in 2010 from Elam School of Fine Arts at The University of Auckland.


As well his own exhibition practice Graham has curated a number of exhibitions and featured in numerous publications.


His works are held in collections around the country, including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.



Further abroad, collections include National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Australia, and Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia.



The Third Space: the Art of Graham Fletcher


Gus Fisher Gallery, 2 March – 28 April 2018


Opening event, 5.30pm, 1 March 2018