Neil Frazer is a landscape painter but don’t expect pictures of rolling hills or calming seascapes.
His powerful work depicts the harsh and dangerous environments in our world, where the sea smashes against jagged rocks and freezing glaciers slide past uninhabitable snowy peaks.
It’s the physicality and energy of these places that he’s aiming to convey and he does so spectacularly.
He combines an impasto technique with layering and glazing to produce a complex visual experience and his compositions often involve intriguing negative spaces which contribute to the drama and mystery of his work.
He has exhibited in dozens of solo shows in Australia and New Zealand and his latest solo show, Liquid Light, opens at Martin Browne Contemporary in Sydney on 30 May 2019.
Although he grew up in New Zealand, he has spent half his life in Australia where he completed his Masters degree after previous postgraduate study in New York.
In this episode you’ll hear about how and why his work moved from abstraction to figuration and why he doesn’t believe there is a significant difference between the two, why he’s drawn to his subject matter and plenty about his technique and process.
To hear the podcast episode click ‘play’ under the feature photo above.
Scroll down to see a short video of Frazer talking with Maria Stoljar in his studio.
- ‘Liquid Light’, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, 30 May – 23 June 2019