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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Beach at Platamonas, Greece

Oil on paper
14½ x 24 ins

Beachscape Sutherland 181/195, 2003

22 x 28 ins

Church in the Pyrenees 163/225

20 x 15 ins

Dancer AP 20/25

27½ x 18¼ ins

Dancer Grey Tutu AP V/XV

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

22½ x 17 ins

Daybreak APXXIV/XXV, 1985

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 250
22 x 17¼ ins

Downhill Racer AP XXIV/XXV, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 295
19¼ x 26½ ins

End of the Island, Marathoni AP XII/XXX


Flowers on a Red Background 87/175, 1996

18 x 18 ins

Gregoriou - Clearing Storm

Oil on paper
17¾ x 23 ins

Horizontal landscape, c1950

Oil on paper mounted on board
10½ x 13 ins

Kintyre AP III/XX

15¼ x 11½ ins

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

Silkscreen, limited edition of 225
20 x 15 ins

Lindisfarne II AP V/XXV

16 x 20¼ ins

Loose Spinnaker 133/225, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 225
21.85 x 15.94 ins


Oil on paper
12 x 15 ins

Mont St. Michel

Oil on paper
16¼ x 22 ins

Seascape, Red Sky

Oil on Paper
8¾ x 11 ins

Shoreline, Skerray APVIII/XX, 1999

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 175
16 x 20.5 ins

Spinnaker Losing Breeze 57/195, 2003

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 195
17 x 21.75 ins

Still Life - Toys AP IX/XX, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 200
22 x 17 ins

Study for Strawberry Hill II

Oil on paper
11¾ x 7 ins

Toy Hussar AP XIII/XX, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 200
22 x 17 ins

White Cottage, Scottish Coast

Oil on paper
13¾ x 18½ ins

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