Gallery Artists
Donald Hamilton Fraser

Donald Hamilton Fraser is a widely known and accomplished painter dramatising his subjects with bold colours and a confident brush and 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.

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. He was visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art for twenty-five years and an Honorary Fellow of the RCA. He was a Royal Academician and has exhibited there since 1975.


Donald Hamilton Fraser studied at St Martin's School of Art in London from 1949 to 1952 alongside Frank Auerbach, Joe Tilson, Sheila Fell, Jack Smith, Leon Kossoff and Sandra Blow. His first solo exhibition followed very shortly afterwards at Gimpel Fils, London, in 1953. In the same year Donald Hamilton Fraser was awarded a French Government Scholarship to live and work in Paris. His assessors included John Piper and Anthony Blunt. In 1954, Donald married Judith Wentworth-Shields, a fellow student from St Martin's, at the British Embassy in Paris.


Returning to England in 1955, Donald Hamilton Fraser wrote for Arts Review for eighteen months as a way of supplementing his artist's income but was soon able to focus entirely on his painting. By this time Donald Hamilton Fraser was already 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. While he was there he tutored David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, Therese Oulton and Ron Kitaj.


Donald Hamilton Fraser was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1970 and an Honorary Fellow in 1984, an Associate RA in 1975 and a Royal Academician in 1985. He was Honorary Curator at the Royal Academy from 1992 to 1999, a Trustee there from 1994 to 2000, a Member of the Royal Fine Art Commission from 1986 to 2000, and had served on the council of the Artists' General Benevolent Fund since 1981 (as Chairman for several years in the 1980s) and as Vice-President of the Royal Overseas League since 1986.


Throughout his life Donald Hamilton Fraser was a voracious reader and contributed widely to artistic debate. He wrote regularly for art journals and as a ballet critic as well as publishing two books; Gauguin's 'Vision after the Sermon' (1969) and Dancers A Book of Ballet Paintings (1989).

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Approaching Storm 48/250

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 250
22 x 17 ins



Beach at Gruinard 193/195, 1996

Silkscreen
23 x 23 ins



Church in the Pyrenees

Oil on paper
9¾ x 12½ ins



Church in the Pyrenees 163/225

Silkscreen
20 x 15 ins



Dancer AP 20/25

Silkscreen
27½ x 18¼ ins



Dancer Grey Tutu AP V/XV

Silkscreen
27 x 19 ins



Dancer in Class AP VIII/XXV, 1989

Silkscreen, limited edition of 295
19 x 26 ins



Dancer Putting on Shoe APXX/XXV, 1985

Screenprint
22½ x 17 ins



Daybreak APXXIV/XXV, 1985

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 250
22 x 17¼ ins



Flowers on a Red Background 87/175, 1996

Silkscreen
18 x 18 ins



Headland and Lighthouse

Oil on paper
3½ x 5 ins



Kintyre AP III/XX

Silkscreen
15¼ x 11½ ins



Launch Wash, San Michele, Venice AP VII/XXV, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 225
20 x 15 ins



Loose Spinnaker 133/225, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 225
21.85 x 15.94 ins



Marine

Oil on paper
12 x 15 ins



Regatta AP XVIII/XX, 1984

Silkscreen
17½ x 22 ins



Seascape, Red Sky

Oil on Paper
8¾ x 11 ins



Spinnaker Losing Breeze 57/195, 2003

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 195
17 x 21.75 ins



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