Fletcher Crossman has established himself as a realist painter who creates very large, monumental pieces of an intensely personal nature. Many of his recent exhibitions have been at public institutions and universities where the size of his pieces fit the scale of the venue. However, Crossman's more recent work has been on a more human scale, and his new figurative studies keep the distinctive look of his previous work while making them accessible to people who wish to add Crossman's pieces to their own private collections.
Solo Shows: So Much To Say, Lake Eustis Museum of Art, Florida (June 2010) Retrospective at Mary Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC "The Age of Endarkenment," University of South Carolina, Columbia (2009)
"Great Big Paintings," Gaillard Auditorium, Charleston, SC (2009)
"Regeneration" Breman Museum, Atlanta, GA (2008).
"Fables" Chastain Art Center, Atlanta, GA. (2008).
“Illuminations In The Shadows” University of South Carolina, Sumter SC, (2007). “Invitational Exhibition” Spoleto International Arts Festival, Charleston (2007).
"Regeneration", Yom HaShoah Commemoration, (2007). “A New Machine” City Gallery, Charleston, SC (2003). “Figure This” The Phoenix Arts Center, Devon, UK (1995). “Underground” Millennium Commission, University of Exeter, UK (1988). “Baby, I’m Gonna Save You” Royal Albert Museum, Devon, UK (1987). “Power and Superpower” Young London Exhibition, UK (1986).
Kulture Klash, Navy Base, North Charleston SC (2008) Hudson Galleries, 707 Canyon Road, Santa Fe (2002). Ann Jacob Gallery, 3261 Roswell Road, Atlanta (2002). Charles II Gallery, Queen Street, Charleston (2002). Maniscalco Gallery, 17728 Mack Avenue, Grosse Point, MI. (2001). Alexander & Victor Fine Art, 312 Royal Street, New Orleans (2001). New York ArtExpo, British Council Booth, Javits Center, NY. (2000, 2001) 302 Gallery, Peterborough, UK (1996). Serpent and Hare Fine Art, Windsor, UK (1992) Camden Art Fair, London, UK (1989) East London Contemporary Art Center (1984)
Juror, Extraordinary Art Show, Charleston County School District, 2009
"Best Visual Artist", voted by readers of Charleston City Paper, 2009
Grant, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, 2008
Approved Artist, South Carolina Arts Commission, 2008
Residency, Academic Magnet High School, 2008
Featured Artist, Reading Art Project, 2007
Grant, The Puffin Foundation, March 2006 Grant, The George Sugarman Foundation, 2005 Grant, Lowcountry Office of Cultural Affairs, Sept. 2005. Winner, Redux Contemporary Painting Competition, SC, Sept. 2003. British Council Exhibition Sponsorship, 2000 and 2002 Fellow of Fulbright Cultural Exchange Program, Washington DC, 1999. West of England Painting Award, 1996. Grant, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1994. Grolsch UK Young Artists Award (London), 1990
Charleston City Paper, "Best of Charleston" profile (March 2009)
Columbia City Paper, exhibition preview (Jan 2009)
The Charleston Review, artist profile (Jan. 2009)
The State Newspaper, exhibition preview (Jan. 2009)
Post and Courier, exhibition review (Nov. 2008)
The Easel, artist profile (June 2007)
South Carolina Magazine, interview (June 2007)
Jewish Voice, interview (May 2007)
Carolina Arts, exhibition review (May 2007)
Moultrie News, exhibition preview (April, 2007)
The Item Newspaper, USC exhibition review (Sept. 2007) Charleston City Paper, “Cave Dwellings”, review (May 2007) Post and Courier, “Illuminations In The Shadows”, review (May, 2007) Charleston City Paper, “RDS Goes Upscale”, review. (March 2006) 100 Ways To Paint People, feature in book. (IA Publications, 2005) International Herald Tribune, columns. (Feb. and March, 2004) The State Newspaper, columns. (October and Nov. 2004) New Humanist Magazine, article. (November 2004) InformArt Magazine, article. (Feb 2004) Artist and Designers Market, article. (Writers Digest Books, 2001)
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, 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. Crossman was subsequently voted Artist of the Year in Charleston’s City Paper. State of Shock was brought to New York by Eye Level Art in 2010 to coincide with the midterm elections.
Mary Martin Gallery I is located on 103 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843-723-0303
Mary Martin Gallery II is located on 122 Market Street in Charleston, SC 29401 843-640-3324
Mary Martin Galleries have been selected as the best galleries in South Carolina for nine years in a row and in the top 25 in the nation, Also, selected as the best gallery by several local publications.