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Artist Fraser Radford stands with his barbed wire sculpture at Oeno GalleryFraser Radford is an abstract and conceptual artist that works in a variety of mediums, including painting, mixed media and installation.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Art History at Queen’s University, Fraser returned to school to complete the Visual & Creative Arts – Fine Arts program at St. Lawrence College. “I wanted to round out my arts education by diving into the practical side of art, as opposed to the strictly academic side of art history,” explains Fraser.

While at St. Lawrence College, Fraser explored different approaches and materials with his art and gained confidence as an artist after seeing his work displayed in the state-of-the-art Marianne van Silfhout Gallery on campus. Fraser also had the opportunity to apprentice with Shayne Dark, a renowned Canadian sculptor. “Shayne, as well as my professors, have given me valuable advice in pursuing art as a full-time career,” said Fraser.

Artist Fraser Radford's Ceremony sculpture in Oeno Gallery's sculpture gardenOne of the pieces Fraser is most proud of is Ceremony, a sculpture made from barbed wire which is currently on display in the Sculpture Garden at Oeno Gallery in Bloomfield, Ontario. “Having my work shown in their Sculpture Garden is a huge honour for me,” Fraser said.

“The other piece I am proud of is Senbazuru (for Sadako) because I had the opportunity to display it at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa and spoke about the work with the Ambassador of Japan to Canada, His Excellency Norihiro Okuda, and his wife.”

Senbazuru (for Sadako), a large-scale installation Fraser created over an eight-month period, was on display at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario from July to September 2014.  The installation featured one thousand hand-folded paper cranes that appeared to be flying out of a book and away into the universe. Fraser created the piece to serve as a beautiful image of peace, as well as a tribute to Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who survived the Hiroshima attack and has become an icon of world peace in Japan.

Artist Fraser Radford's Senbazuru (for Sadako) paper crane installation at the Japenese Embassy in OttawaFraser creates one piece at a time, though he has several series of works, including ‘Drag’, ‘Burst’, and ‘Film Stills’ paintings, as well as vibrating, ink, stain, and light bulb paintings, fisheye photography, and sculpture/installation. He also works on commissioned pieces. His pieces have been included in numerous group exhibitions in cities across Eastern Ontario, as well as larger US cities, including Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. In addition to Ceremony at Oeno Gallery in Bloomfield, Ontario and Senbazuru (for Sadako) at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa, Fraser has also had several other solo exhibitions, including What A Drag at My Mother's Basement Gallery in Toronto.

Fraser’s success can not only be attributed to his artistic talent, but his hard work and determination in seeking out opportunities to display his pieces and build his profile as an artist. He encourages other Fine Arts students and artists to be persistent. “Don’t give up. Don't expect to get into major galleries right off the bat. Keep your nose to the ground and apply for shows, grants, and residencies constantly. It is a lot of hard work and countless hours filling out applications but when you get a 'yes', it feels so good. Being an artist helps you get a thicker skin because you have to expect people to say 'no' to you constantly but don't let it get you down. Just keep pushing your work out there.”

To view Fraser’s artwork, please visit www.fraserradford.com.

Photos courtesy of Fraser Radford.