Artist WEST FRASER, was born in Savannah, Ga. in 1955.
His deep southern roots can be traced back to 1695 in Dorchester, S.C. From the beginning he has had a deep love for what he has called ‘my country.’ A true son of the lowcountry, Mr. Fraser came of age on Hilton Head Island where his love of the coastal environs developed. He spent his formative years wandering the fields, marshes, and forests of both the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. This appreciation of the world around him and particularly the South Carolina coast still provides him with inspiration.
One of the leading American artists in the representational tradition, he has built his career on richly painted, atmospheric vistas of cities, coasts, and the landscape throughout the United States and internationally—from the pristine Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, to the hill towns of Tuscany and more recently the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. An inveterate traveler, he has painted throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia. Yet his passion always draws him back to the marshes and landscape of his beloved southeastern coast.
West Fraser has been honored with nine solo museum exhibitions in the Midwest, Southeast, and California.
In 2017 the Gibbes Museum in Charleston honored him with his third one-man show with the institution–his first, in 1986, made him the youngest artist to have a one-man show at the museum.
West Fraser was born in Savannah, GA in 1955. He is a true “Son of The Low Country”, with deep roots dating back to 1695 in Dorchester SC, to coastal Georgia’s colonial plantation history. He came of age on Hilton Head Island where he developed his love of the coastal environs that still today provides inspiration. One of the leading American artists in the representational tradition, he has built his career on richly painted, atmospheric vistas of cities, coasts, and the landscape throughout the United States and internationally—from the pristine Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, to the hill towns of Tuscany. An inveterate traveler, he has painted throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia. Yet his passion always draws him back to the marshes and landscape of his beloved Georgia and South Carolina Coast.
Mr. Fraser is a past Commissioner of the South Carolina Art’s Commission, an elected member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club, a Signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America) and an artist member of the California Art Club. He garnered his first award in 1984, The John Young Hunter Award from Allied Artists of America in NYC. Since then he has been honored with the Award of Excellence from Mystic International, The Mary S. Litt Award from The American Watercolor Society, the Pursuit of Excellence/American Master award from the Hubbard Museum of Art, NM & recently the Edgar Payne Gold Medal from the CA Art Club’s 100th Gold Medal Exhibition, CA. Fraser’s work hangs in permanent collections of 9 museums across the United States and Bermuda and is in the permanent collection at The White House Historical Association.
West Fraser has been honored with 9 solo museum exhibitions in the Midwest, the Southeast, and California. His most recent museum exhibition was at the Gibbes Museum, Charleston, S.C., in 2017, ‘Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser’ which is loosely based on the 2016 book of the same name. His paintings have also been included in many jurried museum exhibitions nationwide. During the past 35 years, Fraser has been published extensively, including extensive features in Art and Antique, Plein Air Magazine, The Robb Report, Charleston Magazine, Sandlapper Magazine, SC Wildlife Magazine, Southern Living, Southern Accents, American Artist, Nautical Quarterly, Southwest Art, US Air Ways and American Art Collector to name a few. As well, exhibition catalogs and books exists of his work The Color of Light, 1995 Springfield Museum of Art, OH and A Native Son, 2012 Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA. In 2000, he represented South Carolina in the bicentennial celebration calendar published by the White House Historic Association. In 2001, the University of South Carolina Press published the monograph ‘Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser’, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition to Southeastern museums, and in 2016 they published ‘Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser,’ which was followed with a solo exhibit at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. In 2006, Fraser painted the official portrait of SC Governor Mark Sanford. Mr. Fraser currently lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC with his wife Helena Fox.
“…West Fraser paints with light—the radiance of early morning, the glare of high noon, the glow of day’s end and the mystery of moonlight—to create brilliant works of color and form. He takes what we see everyday, something that seems ordinary, and makes it worthy of fine art.”
One-Man Museum Exhibitions
January – April 2017 The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, S.C.
February – May 2012 – Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Ga. – A Native Son: Paintings by West Fraser
March – May 2011 – Spartanburg Museum of Arts, Spartanburg, S.C. – West Fraser: A Southern Perspective
April – June 2007 – Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, Ca. – As I See it, Paintings by West Fraser
April – June 2002 – Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, S.C. – Paintings of West Fraser, Charleston in My Time
June – Sept. 2002 – Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, S.C. – Charleston in My Time, Paintings of West Fraser
October 2002 – Jan. 2003 – Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Ga. – Charleston in My Time, Paintings of West Fraser
September – October 1995 – Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio – The Color of Light, Painting of West Fraser
November 1986 – January 1987 – Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, S.C. – Coastal Watercolors by West Fraser
Group Museum Exhibitions
Art in the Embassies Program – Ottawa, Canada & Tanzania
Bakersfield Museum of Art – Bakersfield, Ca.
Booth Western Art Museum – Cartersville, Ga.
Clinton Library – Little Rock, Arkanas
Cape Cod Museum of Art – Cape Cod, Mass.
George H. Bush Library – College Station, Texas
Gerald R. Ford Museum – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Gibbes Museum of Art – Charleston, S.C.
Greenville County Museum of Art – Greenville, S.C.
Haggin Museum – Stockton, Ca.
The Hubbard Museum of the American West – Ruidoso Downs, N.M.
Huntsville Museum of Art – Huntsville, Alabama
The Irvine Museum of Art – Irvine, Ca.
The Johnson Library – Austin, Texas
Laguna Art Museum – Laguna, Ca.
Mariner’s Museum – Newport News, Va.
Masterworks Museum Collection – Hamilton Bermuda
Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Art – Springfield, Mass.
Minnesota Maritime Museum – Alexandria, M.N.
Morris Museum of Art – Augusta, Ga.
Museum of the Southwest – Midland, Texas
Mystic Seaport – Mystic, Conn.
The Nixon Library – Yorba Linda, Ca.
The Ottawa Art Gallery – Ottawa, Canada
Pasadena Museum of California Art – Pasadena, Ca.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center – Speigel Grove, Fairmont, Ca.
Salmagundi Club – New York City, N.Y.
South Carolina State Museum – Columbia, S.C.
Springfield Museum of Art – Springfield, Ohio
Washakie Museum – Worland, Wy.
White House Historical Association – Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum – Manitowoc, Wiss.
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