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.