AN exhibition of work by the late Donald Hamilton Fraser opens at Bohun Gallery in Henley tomorrow (Saturday).
The Royal Academician is known internationally and regarded as one of the most important post-war Scottish colourists.
He lived in Henley for many years and his work has been the subject of exhibitions at Bohun over 30 years.
The latest, featuring paintings and silk screens, includes a beautiful and rare picture of Temple Island.
Fraser remains one of the most distinctive and enlightened artists that post-war Britain has produced.
He enjoyed a successful career which spanned more than 50 years and this exhibition brings together some of the finest examples of his painting and printmaking.
The selections highlight the artist’s diverse technical approach illustrated by almost purely abstract paintings juxtaposing with classical representations in a variety of media. The exhibition features not only his jewel-like landscapes, for which he is best known, but also still lifes, figures and a group of work devoted to his affection for the ballet.
“One looks with the eyes and sees with the mind” is a phrase Fraser used to describe his artistic practice and one which is regularly associated with his work.
He sought to convey more to the viewer than a topographical view or painterly snapshot. Instead his powerful compositions vibrate with colour. The show features a selection of dramatic locations, to which he often returned, including the northernmost coastline of Scotland, Greece and Venice.
Over the years, Fraser’s vision evolved, with bold sweeps of the palette knife combining angular lines, daring and experimental use of colour.
l The exhibition is at Bohun Gallery in Reading Road, Henley, until March 22. Visit www.bohungallery.co.uk or call (01491) 576228.