Gallery Artists
Donald Hamilton Fraser


Donald Hamilton Fraser was born in 1929 and educated at Maidenhead Grammar School. He spent a short period as an editorial trainee at the Sunday Times and completed his National Service in the late 1940s.

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



Bell, Greece

Oil on paper
15 x 12 ins



Church in the Pyrenees

Silkscreen, limited edition of 225
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



Dancer Stretching

Chalk on paper
20 x 16 ins



Daybreak, 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

Silkscreen




Floating Boat, Greece, 1977

Oil on paper
18 x 21 ins



Gregoriou - Clearing Storm

Oil on paper
17¾ x 23 ins



Headland and Lighthouse

Oil on paper
3½ x 5 ins



Launch Wash, San Michele, Venice, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 225
20 x 15 ins



Lindisfarne I, 1996

Silkscreen, limited edition of 275
16 x 21 ins



Marine

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 AP VIII/XX, 1999

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 175
16 x 20.5 ins



Skerra

Silkscreen
15½ x 22½ 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



White Cottage, Scottish Coast

Oil on paper
13¾ x 18½ ins



Yellow Landscape, No. 2, 1971

Oil on canvas
48 x 36 ins



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