Fraser Radford

Artist Statement/Biography

“The title for my current series of works is ‘Pouring Galaxies’. It refers to the method of creating the works, by utilizing a process where I thin out acrylic paint with water then pour the paints onto the raw canvas. The method of pouring allows the paint to blend naturally, and without interruption from myself. The resulting canvases appear ethereal in nature, reminiscent of the photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of various nebulae and galaxies.

“The paintings in this series are mainly influenced by the Colour Field/Post-Painterly Abstraction artists of the 1960′s like Helen Frankenthaler, Friedel Dzubas, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, Paul Jenkins, Leon Berkowitz, Sam Gilliam, etc. Colour is the main subject of these works, taking into consideration how the colours combine, through the process of osmosis, the liquefied paint getting absorbed into the weave of the raw, unstretched canvas, blending and layering over one another.”

Fraser Radford was born in 1987 in Brockville, Ontario. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Religious Studies (graduated in 2009) from Queen’s University; a Fine Arts diploma (2014) from St. Lawrence College in Brockville; and a post-graduate certificate in Studio Process Advancement from the Haliburton School of the Arts (2014). He has held numerous volunteer and paid positions at galleries and museums in Kingston, Toronto and Brockville. He has apprenticed with Shayne Dark, one of Canada’s prominent sculptors and based in Kingston.

Fraser’s work is represented by Rothwell Gallery in Ottawa, Applecrate Galleries in Manotick ON, TAG Art Gallery, and Denison Gallery in Toronto. His work is held in numerous private collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia, and has been exhibited across North America. His work has also been published in several magazines in Canada, and the U.S, as well as The Peace Project, a catalogue produced by Gallery 9 in Culver City CA in 2010.

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