Neil Frazer

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Born in Canberra, Australia in 1961 and raised in Hamilton, New Zealand, Neil Frazer is one of New Zealand's foremost painters.Frazer graduated from the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurchin 1984, before commencing a successful career in the New Zealandand international art scene.

Frazer's paintings speak passionately of the relationship between the artist and the painting process itself. The thicklyapplied oil paint is alive, mobile and vibrant he restricts his means to pure pigment, pure form, and pure colour and makes no callupon the image or the structural geometry of picture making. Frazer utilises the properties of paint, the canvas and the processes of painting as a composer calls upon the rhythms,cadences and pure sound of music to assemble works which excite themind, the imagination and the emotions.

Frazer's first solo exhibition was in Christchurch in 1984, and since then has exhibited regularly, both nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, among them a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grant in 1986, which enabled him to travel to the USA where he undertook postgraduate studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing in Painting and Sculpture.

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