Tanya Fletcher Artist Statement/Biography


Tanya Fletcher’s current body of work consists of life sized figures rendered in oil with metal leaf backgrounds on Baltic birch. These multiple panel pieces are reductively painted.  A monochromatic, even layer of oil color is applied and then selectively removed with a cloth. This results in a brush-free photographic-like realism.  Also, the revealed grain of the wood suggests skin and/or contours of the body endowing the forms with a three-dimensional sculptural look.  The illusion of depth & space is furthered by silhouetting the figures against a bright metal leaf background…a reverse chiaroscuro.  The artist’s theatrical use of size & composition imbues these paintings with a taut level of emotional intensity. Fletcher’s acutely observed realism & objective approach to her figures also communicates a blunt psychological honesty & drama. This visceral aesthetic, however, still maintains an ambiguity.  The nude is isolated to a neutral ground.  Curves, creases & bulk speak for themselves without distraction.  Also, dividing the pieces into multi-panels enhances the objectivity of the figure. 

  • The artist earned her BFA at the Carnegie Mellon University & has studied in London & Florence.  Born in Syracuse, NY, her family moved to So. Maine when she was 6.  Tanya Fletcher currently resides in Saco, Maine


·                    OgunquitArts Center, Ogunquit, ME 1990

·                    Sawyer Street Studios, So Portland, ME 1990

·                    Chocolate Church,  Bath, ME 1992

·                    Show ofHands Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME 1993

·                    Mastcove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME 1993

·                    Boat House Show, Kennebunkport, ME 1993

·                    Gallery 33, Portsmouth, NH, 1999

·                    Hooloomooloo, Newbury St, Boston, MA, 1999

·                    Panache, Ogunquit, ME, 1999

·                    Filament Gallery, Portland, ME 2004

·                    Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 2005

·                    Irvine Gallery, River Tree Center for the Arts, Kennebunk, ME 2005

·                    2ndAnnual Black Frame Art Show, Portland, ME 2005

·                    Joan Whitney Payson Gallery, Portland, ME 2005

·                     “The Figure Revealed III”, Atrium Art Gallery, Lewiston, ME 2007

·                    Biennial 2007, NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH Nov 2007

·                    “Up Close” Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME Aug-Sept 2007

·                     “Solstice Salon”, Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland, ME Dec 2007

·                    Thomas Moser LA Showroom, Culver City, CA March-April 2008

·                     “Biggest Little Art Show” Franklin St Art Space, Biddeford, ME Dec 2008

·                     “Grand Opening Group Show” Art House, Portland, ME Feb 2009

·                     “Just Look at Yourself”, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME Aug-Sept 2009

·                    “The Millennial 2010”, Saco Museum, Saco, ME April-June 2010

·                    Aucocisco, Portland, ME Dec 2011

·                    “The Millennial 2012”, Saco Museum, Saco, ME April- June 2012

·                    “In the Spirit of Carlo Pittore”, Aucocisco, Portland, ME May 2012

·                    Macpage, So. Portland, ME May-August 2013

·                    Harlow Gallery, Art 2013, Hallowell, ME May-June 2013

·                    Aucocisco, “Summer Salon” Portland, ME, August 2013

                     Ocean House Gallery, Cape Elizabeth, ME, Winter 2015

                     Harlow Gallery, Annual Juried Show, Hallowell, ME, 2015

                     Gov. Oliver Ames Estate, Annual Juried Show, N Easton, MA 2015

                     Zullo Gallery, Annual Juried Show, Medfield, MA 2015

                     SSAC, "Edge", Boston, MA 2015

                     Cambridge Art Association, "Blue", Boston, MA 2015

                     CCMOA, "Breaking the Mold", Dennis, MA 2016

                     The Engine,"TenxTenxTen", Biddeford, ME 2016

                     Harlow Gallery, Annual Juried Show, Hallowell, ME 2016

                     "Paper City Pop~Up", Westbrook, ME 2016

                      "On the Map", 3S Art Space juried show, Portsmouth, NH 2016

                     CAA, 2017 National Prize Show, Cambridge, MA 2017

                     NHAA, 31st Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition, "Live Free or Die:  Art is Expression", Portsmouth, NH 2017


·                    Filament Gallery, Portland, ME, June 2002

·                    Filament Gallery, Portland, ME, August 2005

·                    Nielson Smith Metalworks, Portland, ME, May, 2006

·                    Filament Gallery, Portland, ME, June 2007

·                    North Dam Mill, Biddeford, ME, Summer 2009

·                    Aucocisco, Portland ME, May 2013

·                    Saccarappa Gallery, Westbrook ME, August 2013

                     Canal5Studios, Portland, ME Spring 2014

                     Ocean House Gallery, Cape Elizabeth, ME, January 2016


                    Pecha Kucha Night, Engine, Biddeford, ME October, 12 2016


·                    Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME

                     Cambridge Art Association, Boston, MA

                     Mastcove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME


·                    Konau, Britta, “Changing Parameters”, The Portland Phoenix, 5/10/13

·                    Kany, Daniel, “Impressive Pairings & Other Art Highlights”, Maine Sunday Telegram, 4/21/13

·                    Keyes, Bob, “’Double’ Viewing at Aucocisco Galleries”, Portland Press Herald, 4/18/13

·                    Keyes, Bob, “Job Well Done? Jury Still Out”  Portland Press Herald, 5/19/13

                     Kany, Daniel, "Tanya Fletcher achieves much in subtly rendered fallen leaves & smooth~skinned torsos" Portland Press Herald, 1/17/16


   •     2nd Prize, KVAA Art 2013, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME 2013

   *     Best in Show KVAA Art 2015, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME 2015

   *      2nd Prize, Gov. Oliver Ames Estate, N Easton, MA 2015

   *      Honorable Mention, "On the Edge" SSAC, Boston, MA 2015

   *      "Blue Ribbon of Excellence" 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery 334, Milton, MA 2016

   *      "Juror's Best ","Breaking the Mold", CCMOA, Dennis, MA 2016