Donald Hamilton Fraser

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Donald Hamilton Fraser (1929-2009) was one of the great twentieth century British painters participated in many of the most significant exhibitions of British work including the Royal Academy's 25 Years of British Painting.

Of Scottish descent, Donald Hamilton Fraser was born in 1929 in London. He studied painting at St. Martin's School of Art and in Paris with a French
...Government Scholarship. After graduation and a period in Paris he began showing regularly not only at Gimpel Fils, but also at the prestigious Paul Rosenberg gallery in New York.

In 1958 Carel Weight took him on as a tutor in the painting school at the Royal College of Art where he remained for the next 25 years teaching alongside Peter Blake and Julian Trevelyan. His pupils there included David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, Therese Oulton and Ron Kitaj. Fraser was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and was a Royal Academician, exhibited there since 1975.

Donald's predominant subject matter was landscape. Here he combined his Scottish decent and his affinity with French painting from his study there in the 1950's. This is greatly reflected in his style and execution. He layered thick bright paint with a palette knife to produce an almost collage effect.

Known for dramatising his subjects with bold colours, his work employs a language of visual metaphor in which abstract and descriptive elements combine to express a heightened experience of landscape and still life. The landscapes remain close to their origins whilst forming abstract almost dream-like fields of colour.

Contrasting in style and highlighting Donald's diversity are his wonderful chalk and wash drawings of dancers. Each one captures individual character and emotion whilst revealing his intimate knowledge of dance. After much study and travel including tutoring at the Royal College of Art, contact with the post war Ecole de Paris, and a long relationship with the Royal Academy Donald lived with his wife by the river at Henley on Thames.
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