Scott Fraser in ArtNews and Southwest Art
In two recent articles from ArtNews and Southwest Art, artist Scott Fraser is hailed as a creative and innovative “still-life master for our time”. Kenneth Baker highlights the Colorado artist’s incorporation of humor and dedication to anti-modernist values while simultaneously praising his technical precision as a skilled painter. The ArtNews author cites Fraser’s 2012 work titled Reign, describing it as a unique and masterful painting that represents the artist’s mission to challenge convention. The artist himself identifies with the work of surrealist Rene Magritte. Indeed, this vision becomes apparent through his oil paintings such as Exodus, Pineapple Imposter, and Cracker Bug- to name a few of Fraser’s recent paintings available at Quidley & Company.
Part of Fraser’s charm is the wry and quirky character that permeates his paintings. Bonnie Gangelhoff from Southwest Art reminds us, however, that Fraser is also a loyal follower and aficionado of many influential artists that came before him, including Francis Bacon and Georgia O’Keeffe. And many of his works are a reflection of his art historical background. Fraser likes to make references, for example, to the artists he emulates in his own work. He speaks about how his artistic journey was affected by his exposure to Flemish painters, particularly Vermeer. Fraser articulates that seeing Vermeer’s work Woman Pouring Milk “altered my path as a realist painter, and was a catalyst for me changing from the figure and landscape to still-life.” Through this personal journey Fraser has evolved as an impressive still-life artist who produces technically savvy and thought-provoking art. To experience for yourself some of Fraser’s dazzling and beautifully executed still-lifes, visit Quidley & Company Fine Art in Nantucket and Boston.