Onitsuka Tiger hosts Michele Fletcher in its Tiger Gallery

Onitsuka Tiger’s multitasking London flagship opened in August 2022, hosting not only the Japanese brand’s collections and footwear – it is possibly finest known for its iconic ‘Mexico 66’ sneaker – but also an in-retailer gallery in the basement. 

Titled ‘Tiger Gallery’, the all-white house on London’s Regent Avenue was established with the purpose of championing emerging artists from all-around the environment. It was inaugurated with an exhibition of do the job by Ugandan artist Godwin Champs Namuyimba in October, Mr.StarCity, a New York-dependent multidisciplinary artist, took about the area to coincide with Frieze 7 days 2022. 

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Michele Fletcher at Tiger Gallery, London

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The hottest artist to element is Michele Fletcher, who was born in Canada but now life and operates in London (Fletcher analyzed at Goldsmiths, in advance of completing an MA at Chelsea School of Arts). She is identified for her color-saturated paintings, which normally centre on depictions of character.

 ‘[They] mirror the instant, intrinsic, and infallible elegance of character, and the ties in between the purely natural environment and humankind,’ states Onitsuka Tiger. ‘Relying on visible memory, Fletcher channels sensation as properly as position to generate operates rooted in the traditions of both equally abstraction and landscape painting.’

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Michele Fletcher at Tiger Gallery, London

(Image credit score: Courtesy of Onitsuka Tiger)

This most recent exhibition is titled ‘Between a Flutter and a Fold’, drawing inspiration from the time Fletcher spends in her garden by means of the shifting seasons. The paintings – which mostly aspect floral and botanic things – also evoke the human system in ‘swirling strokes that recall blood flowing by way of veins or uncanny buildings reminiscent of muscle tissues linked by tendons and joints’. Eclectic reference points, from floral particulars on Renaissance paintings to the works of Ga O’Keeffe, Eileen Agar, and Joan Mitchell, advise Fletcher’s approach.