West Fraser

West Fraser

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 and plein air 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.

For the past 9 years, Mr. Fraser has been a current Commissioner of the South Carolina Art’s Commission, an elected member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club, an elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and 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 & as well, 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 Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA, in 2012, A Native Son: Paintings by West Fraser. His paintings have also been included in many juried 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. 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.”

Jean Stern, Executive Director, The Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA

PERMANENT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

Greenville Country Museum of Art, Greenville, SC

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA

Masterworks Museum Collection, Hamilton, Bermuda

Midway Museum, Midway, GA

Mission, San Juan Capistrano Museum, CA

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH

Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

 

CORPORATE AND INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS

 

Amelia Island Plantation Company, Florida

Anson’s Restaurant, Charleston, SC.

Arizona Bank, Arizona

Bald Head Island Company, North Carolina

Bank of America, Georgia, North & South Carolina

Bower and Knight Yachts, California

Bray’s Island Plantation Collection, South Carolina

Callawassee Plantation, South Carolina

Carolina First Bank, South Carolina

Carolinas Restaurant, Charleston, SC.

Cousteau Society, Virginia

Disney Corp., Florida

Evergreen Lines, Taipei, Taiwan,

Fenco, New Jersey

Fraser Yachts, San Diego, California

Heritage Classic Foundation, Hilton Head Island, SC

MBNA, Maine

OOCL, Taipei, Taiwan

Palmer and Cay, Georgia

Palmetto Bluff /Crescent Development Corp., South Carolina

Piggly Wiggly Corporation, South Carolina

Professional Mortgage Company Collection, South Carolina

Roper Foundation, South Carolina

Sea Island Company/The Cloister, Sea Island, GA.

Sea Pines Plantation Company, South Carolina

South Carolina Governors Mansion, South Carolina

South Carolina National Bank, South Carolina

Spring Island Plantation Company Collection, South Carolina

The Boathouse Restaurant, Charleston, SC.

The Signal Companies, South Carolina

The State of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

The White House, Historic Foundation, Washington, DC.

Thompson Industries, New York, NY.

US Department of State, US Embassy, Ottawa, Canada

 

SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

 

February-May 2012, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA, A Native Son: Paintings by West Fraser

March-May 2011, Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC, 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, SC, Charleston in My Time, Paintings of West Fraser

June – Sept. 2002, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Charleston in My Time, Paintings of West Fraser

Oct. 02 – Jan. 2003, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA, Charleston in My Time, Paintings of West Fraser

Sept. – Oct. 1995, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, The Color of Light, PaintingS of West Fraser

Nov.1986 – Jan. 1987, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Coastal Watercolors by West Fraser

 

 

 

GROUP MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

Art in the Embassies Program                                       Canada & Tanzania

Bakersfield Museum of Art                                              Bakersfield, CA

Booth Western Art Museum                                            Cartersville, GA

Clinton Library                                                                   Little Rock, AR

Cahoon Museum of Art                                                    Cotuit, MA

George H. Bush Library                                                   College Station, TX

Gerald R. Ford Museum                                                  Grand Rapids, MI

Gibbes Museum of Art                                                     Charleston, SC

Greenville County Museum of Art                                Greenville, SC

Haggin Museum                                                                Stockton, CA

The Hubbard Museum of the American West            Ruidoso Downs, NM

Huntsville Museum of Art                                                Huntsville, AL

The Irvine Museum of Art                                                Irvine, CA

The Johnson Library                                                         Austin, TX

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, MA

Minnesota Maritime Museum                                        Alexandria, MN

Morris Museum of Art                                                      Augusta, GA

Museum of the Southwest                                                Midland, TX

Mystic Seaport                                                                    Mystic, CT

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, NY

South Carolina State Museum                                        Columbia, SC

Springfield Museum of Art                                              Springfield, OH

Washakie Museum                                                            Worland, WY

White House Historical Association                              Washington, DC

Wisconsin Maritime Museum                                         Manitowoc, WI

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

March 2012, Autry Museum, Pasadena, CA, California Art Club, 101st Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

November 2011, Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC,  A Portrait of Place: Paintings by West Fraser, One Man Exhibition

October 2011-July 2013, American Society of Marine Artists, 15th National Exhibition, Traveling Museum Exhibition, 9 Museums

October 2011-January 2012, Haggin Museum of Art, Stockton, CA, The Allure of Water, On Location with PAPA, Select Group Exhibition

April 2011, Pasadena Museum of California Art, California Art Club, 100th Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

*Recipient of the Edgar Payne Gold Medal

November 2010, Palmetto Bluff Gallery, Bluffton, SC, Lowcountry Ebb and Flow, One Man Exhibition

October 2010, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX, International Masters of Fine Art, Selected Group Exhibition

August 27 – September 2 2010, Plein Air Painters of America: On Location with the Plein Air Painters of America,  ArtSpace Gallery, Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY

November 2009, Claudia Heath Fine Art, Charlotte, NC, Group Exhibition

November 2009, Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC, The Siren Call of the Sea and Shore, Group Exhibition

October 2009, Salmugundi Club, New York, NY, 126th Annual Member’s Exhibition

October 2009 – Dec 2012 Plein Air Painters of America, American Legacy: Our National Parks: Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA;  City of Lake Charles, Louisiana; 

 
Museum of the Southwest Midland, Texas

; 
Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts , Springfield, Massachusetts

; 
R.W. Norton Art Gallery, 
Shreveport, Louisiana; 
Booth Western Art Museum , Cartersville, GA; 
Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, Worland, WY

April 24, 2009, California Arts Club Pasadena, CA, 98th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition Invitational

November 17, 2008, US Embassy/Firestone Collection of Canadian Art/The Ottawa Art Gallery Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, At Home West Fraser and The Twentieth Century Landscape School as Represented In the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art

November 7, 2008, Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC, Another Look, Paintings by West Fraser, One Man Exhibition

September 2007,Crystal Cove Alliance Crystal Cove, 5th Annual Tropical Gala and “Coastal Splendor” Invitational

May 17, 2008, The Irvine Ranch Conservancy Irvine, CA, Heritage 2008 Exhibition 2nd Place Award *

April 26, 2008, California Arts Club, Pasadena, CA, 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Invitational

November 2007, Helena Fox Fine Art Charleston, SC, Inside & Out, Group Exhibition

September 2007, Crystal Cove Alliance, Crystal Cove, CA, 5th Annual Tropical Gala and “Coastal Splendor” Invitational 2nd Place Award *

May 2007, Fraser Fox Fine Art, Charleston, Support American Fishermen, One Man Exhibition

April 12 – June 12, 2007, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, As I See It Paintings by West Fraser, One Man Retrospective Exhibition

February – June 3, 2007, Clinton Library Little Rock, AR Eye of the Artist, White House Impression, Invitational

January 2007, The Governors Mansion Columbia, SC, Unveiling of Official Portrait of Governor Mark Sanford

November 2006, Fraser Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC, As We See It, Charleston and the Lowcountry, Group Exhibition

May – August, Gibbes Museum of Art Charleston, SC, Painters in Paradise: The Masterworks Bermuda Collection

2006, Traveling Museum Exhibition, USA Painters in Paradise: The Masterworks Bermuda Collection

January – May 2006, White House Historical Association Washington, DC. White House Impressions: The President’s House Through The Eye of The Artist, Invitational

1999 through 2006,

Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, Eye of the Artist, White House Impression, Invitational

The Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, CA, Eye of the Artist, White House Impressions, Invitational

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Spiegel Grove, Fremont, CA Eye of the Artist, White House Impressions, Invitational

The Johnson Library, Austin, TX

Eye of the Artist, White House Impressions, Invitational

George H. Bush Library College Station, TX, Eye of the Artist, White House Impressions, Invitational

2006 – 2009, Art in Embassies US Embassy, Ottawa, Canada, Paintings on Loan at Ambassador’s request

November 2005, Fraser Fox Fine Art Charleston, SC, Six Masters on Cumberland Island, Group Exhibition

October 2005, Fraser Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC, Stockholm and the Midnight Sun, One Man Show

June 2005, 20th Annual P.A.P.A Exhibition & Sale, Lake Tahoe, NV, Invitational

November 2004, The Lodge, Sea Island, GA, Inaugural Sea Island Art Exhibition, Invitational

March 2004, Claudia Heath Fine Art, Charlotte, NC, Two Person Show

January 2004, Fine MJW Art, Balboa Island, CA, Four Person Show

October 2003, SAPAP, Santa Catalina Island, CA, Invitational

October 2003, Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Charleston, SC, West Out West, One Man Show

January 2003 – 2010, Governor’s Mansion, Columbia, SC Paintings on loan at Governor’s request

2002-2003, Arts in the Embassies, US Embassy, Tanzania, Paintings on loan at Ambassador’s request

2002-2003,

Greenville County Museum of Art, SC, Charleston in My Time: Paintings of West Fraser

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Charleston in My Time: Paintings of West Fraser

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA, Charleston in My Time: Paintings of West Fraser

September 2002, Charleston Renaissance Gallery Charleston, SC, France, One Man Show

September 2001, Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Charleston, SC, Italian Sojourn, One Man Show

May-June 2001, Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Charleston, SC, Daws Island: A Painter’s Passion

November 2000, Charleston Fine Art Annual, Charleston, SC, Southern Impressionism

March 2000, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, 100 Years: 100 Artists

May, 2000, Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Charleston, SC, West Fraser Paints Charleston, One Man Show

1999 Through 2004, White House Historical Association, Washington, DC, White House Impressions: The President’s House Through The Eye of The Artist, Invitational

March 1999, Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Charleston, SC, Spirit of Place

July 1999, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Laguna, CA, Juried Invitational; Bronze Prize *

November 1999, Charleston Fine Art Annual, Charleston, SC, Seen and Unseen, One Man Show

September 1998, White House Historical Association Commemorative Calendar, Washington, DC, Guest Artist

April 1997, Robert Hicklin Jr., Inc., Spartanburg, SC, As We See It, The View from Charleston, Two Person Show

September 1997, Arts for the Park, Jackson Hole, WY, Annual Juried, Top 100

November 1997, Plein Air Painters of America, Catalina Island, CA, Guest Artist

June 1996, Red Piano Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, New Paintings, One Man Show

November 1996, Kershaw County Fine Arts Center, Camden, SC, Recent Paintings, One Man Show

August 1995, Big Horn Galleries, WY, CA, CT, CO, Landscapes, Group Show

September 1995, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, The Color of Light, One Man Show

February 1994, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Lure of the Lowcountry, Group Show

April 1994, Red Piano Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, One Man Show

April 1993, C. Duncan Connelly, Atlanta, GA, The Paintings of West Fraser

August 1993, The Gallery at 4 India Street, Nantucket, MA, One Man Show

February 1991, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Contemporary Charleston, Invitational

June 1991, The Hubbard Museum, Ruidoso Downs, NM, The Pursuit of Excellence, American Master Award*, Invitational

August 1991, Ewing Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Contemporary Charleston, Invitational

December 1991, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, CA, Contemporary Charleston, Invitational

September 1990, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Charleston Maritime Heritage

September 1990, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, Red Clay Survey

April 1989, Stobbart Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, One Man Show

July 1989, John Stobbart Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, One Man Show

July 1989, ASMA, Maryland Historical Association, Annual

1988 – Present, Heritage Classic Foundation, Hilton Head Island, SC, Annual Portrait of Winner

1988-1990, Art for the Park, Jackson Hole, WY, Annual, Juried, Top 100

April 1988, John Stobbart Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, One Man Show

August 1988, Southern Watercolor Society, Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, La Grange. GA, 12th Annual, Juried

June 1987, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC, South Carolina Realist, Four Person Show

February 1986, Grand Central Galleries, New York, NY, Siren Call of Sea to Sail, Two Person Show

December 1986, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, One Man Show – Retrospective

March 1985, American Watercolor Society, Canton, OH, Annual Juried, Mary S. Litt Award *

September 1985, Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA, Juried

1985 – 1990, Mystic International, Mystic, CT, Annual, 1985 Award of Excellence *

November 1985, Guild of South Carolina Artists, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Annual, Juried, Best of Show *

July 1984, Grand Central Galleries, New York, NY, Clean Air and Snug Harbors, Two Person Show

December 1984, Allied Artists of America, Juried, John Young Hunter Award *

March 1983, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, Annual, Juried

November 1982, Palmer Gallery, Bluffton, SC, The Lowcountry, One Man Show

1982-1993, Knickerbocker Artists, Annual, Juried

1981-1982, Joe DeMers Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, One Man Show

* Awards Received

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONED PORTRAITS

The Honorable Mark Sanford, Official South Carolina Governor’s Portrait

Gogo Ferguson, Cumberland Island, GA

Mr. Phil Lader, Ambassador to the Court of St. James

Ethel Jane Bunting, niece of Madame X

PGA Heritage Classic Golf Tournament, Portrait of Annual Winner-

1988: Greg Norman

1989: Payne Stewart

1990: Payne Stewart

1991: Davis Love III

1992: David Edwards

1993: Hale Irwin

1994: Hale Irwin

1995: Bob Tway

1996: Loren Roberts

1997: Nick Price

1998: Davis Love III

1999: Glen Day

2000: Stewart Cink

2001: Jose Coceros

2002: Justin Leonard

2003: Davis Love III

2004: Stewart Cink

2005: Justin Leonard

2006: Aaron Baddeley

2007: Boo Weekley

2008: Boo Weekley

2009: Brain Gay

2010: Jim Furyk

2011: Brandt Snedeker

2012: Carl Pettersson