Abstract Composition

by Donald Hamilton Fraser


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 28 x 36 inches
SIGNATURE: Signed (lower left)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


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    In this wonderful work, Donald Hamilton Fraser has used his signature brilliant, bold colour to create a fully abstract piece. Fraser’s paintings were, on the whole, instinctive and he let the essence of a place ferment in his brain before painting it onto canvas. As seen here, the almost collage like composition creates an abstracted dream-like field of colour that dominates the canvas. Of his work he doesn’t ‘…really choose what sort of pictures he paints… He paints what is there inside him. It is a sort of imperative.’ This artistic process can be seen in Abstract Composition with its organic shapes and bright colours.


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    Donald Hamilton Fraser trained at Saint Martin’s School of Art and he won a one year French Government scholarship in Paris in 1953 and later taught at the Royal College of Art (1958–1983). He was elected a fellow there in 1970, becoming an Honorary Fellow in 1984.
    Whilst influenced by artists such as Nicholas DeStael, Matisse and Derian Fasers work was always distinctively his own, his painting style being characterized by the way in which he layered thick bright paint with a palette knife to produce a collage-like effect. He liked to describe his work as “semi-abstract pictures based on landscape.”

    As a person he had considerable knowledge of European art, music, literature and above all, ballet. The latter being a great passion, so much so that when not working he spent much of his time following the great ballets around Europe. This became a subject for his art and for many years he paid visits to the English National Ballet, studying and drawing the dancers.

    Fraser had around seventy One Man Shows during his life- time, held in both the United Kingdom and overseas.

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