Colin Fleck

At the core of my practice exists narration. Stories live in every work I produce, even when not immediately obvious. I draw from personal experiences, mythologies, and natural phenomena in an attempt to engage my viewers in narratives that can be felt as both familiar and strange simultaneously. My subject matter often becomes a personal meditation on my struggle to reconcile my early years of growing up in the American South and the influences that the region continues to have on my identity today. 

 

When painting, I begin with loose abstraction, allowing the energy of a piece to form before the content of its image. In this way, a story presents itself to me to be uncovered, allowing me to be as engaged and surprised by the narrative as my viewers. I intend to utilize the abstracted aesthetic debris to create narrative spaces that activate the imaginations of those who encounter them offering more questions to its audience than answers.

Colin Fleck is a contemporary visual artist. He was born in San Diego, California in 1989. From ages three to eighteen, Colin lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 2012, he received his BA in Philosophy from Rhodes College, in Memphis, TN. In the Spring of 2013, he moved to Los Angeles to begin his life in the arts. In 2016, Colin received his BFA from Art Center College of Design with a degree in Illustration. After showing and working in the Los Angeles area for a three years, Colin began his MFA work at San Francisco Art Institute. Following SFAI's collapse in 2020, Colin transferred to SAIC in Chicago where he is completing his MFA in the Spring of 2021.