Exhibition runs daily 18 - 31st May 2017.
“ John Fraser chronicles the constitution of forms. Not psychology but epistemology provides the key to his intricate investigation into the birth of ideas. For him, discursive propositions do not prescribe the pictorial progress, they crown it. At the beginning there is only a potential birthplace of statements to come. ‘Nothing that’s all’ - to paraphrase Donne. But the boundaries of the matter are also frontiers of the mind, anxious to reach a knowledge ‘held in other ways of knowing’. Therefore such cognition must find root in the matter but blossom in the mind: thought and reflexion must fit the image.which they direct and correct. Perceptual cohesion and conceptual congruity converge and diverge - only to converge again in a precarious balance which is both retinal and logical. Such wilful chains of indecision are John Fraser’s operational zone: he shuns all final resolutions of juxtaposed forms because he questions the irrevocable imposition of compulsory meanings. What matters for him is their problematic emergence not their terminal definition. So he harks to the marks, intent to catch their elusive mental resonance. And in catching it, to proclaim his creed: to each, his generative epistemology.”
Pierre Rouve (art professor, philosopher and critic) London University, 1981
A retrospective of John Fraser's work over the last 30 years featuring his colourfully emotionally yet abstract watercolours and paintings. Also included are a body of Fraser's new unseen paintings. Limited edition prints available