Fletcher Crossman

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Fletcher Crossman
Born 4 February 1965 (1965-02-04)
England
Nationality British
Known for Painting
Fletcher Crossman at opening of State of Shock, 2009

Fletcher Crossman (born 1965) is a British artist, now based in New York.

Career[edit]

During the 1990s Crossman worked as an artist and illustrator in London, UK. Following a year as a fellow of the Fulbright Program in the United States, Crossman was sponsored by the British Council to represent the UK at the 2002 New York ArtExpo. Moving permanently to the States in 2003 Crossman became the invitational artist for the 2007 Spoleto Festival USA,[1] an exhibition which featured large-scale figurative and political pieces. Crossman's work was subsequently exhibited at the University of South Carolina,[2] the Tallahassee International and the Katzen Arts Center at the American University in Washington, DC. In 2005 he was granted awards by the George Sugarman Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation.

In 2008 Crossman was commissioned to paint a 15-foot high installation at the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston SC, featuring a female crucifixion, and its unveiling coincided with "She Shall Be Called Woman", a symposium on the role of women in world religions.

Following an exhibition examining the Iraq War from a European perspective, the New York Times commissioned two op-eds from Crossman in 2003,[3] one of which was cited by Senator Carl Levin on MSNBC's Scarborough Country as "a timely call for balance" in the American debate regarding the Iraq War. Crossman’s 2009 exhibit State of Shock, which examined violence in American public life, was the subject of several stories in the local media due to its depiction of real-life political figures, and it was met with organized protests when it opened in Charleston, SC. [4] Crossman was subsequently voted Artist of the Year in Charleston’s City Paper.[5] State of Shock was brought to New York by Eye Level Art in 2010 to coincide with the midterm elections.[6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Nick. "Illuminations in the Shadows". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Hewitt, Mana. "USC in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Fletcher Crossman". Carolina Arts. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Crossman, Fletcher. "We're not cowards. It's that we know war.". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Mercer, Amy. "Fletcher Crossman examines anti-Obama rage with controversial show". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Iserman, Kaitlyn. "Best Local Visual Artist". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Art of Shocking Politics". Revolution Art Magazine. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

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