I originally started painting toy super heroes as a humourous celebration. I wanted to embody them as godlike figures to show their place in today's society, as they're used to instill good morals, values, high hopes and virtue into kids as well as entertain them. I saw it as quite an honourable standing for a toy figure to represent such a noble philosophy, somewhat familiar to the Greek sculptures in their time (bearing in mind I have no idea what it's like to live in Greece in the 13th century!). However, they have severe weakness, they are often hugely flawed in one particular area and their 'normal' life, or facade of a life, which involves the closest of friends and family is most commonly subject to constant deceit in the form of lying cheating and stealing, arguably some of the worst characteristics. But flaws make them relatable and the ability to relate to the superheroes is the reason they are lasting such a long time and will always be a notable creation of our era. Our modern psychology and social paradigm is both reflected and represented through our love of the superhero.JKB Fletcher new series titled ‘Dirty Faces’ are on display now at the Fortyfive Downstairs gallery in Melbourne, Australia.
Some of his previous works.