James Fraser was born in Glasgow in 1958 and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with BA (Hons) in 1999, having attended art school as a mature student after a career in the Civil Service.
His subject matter is varied and James uses a whole range of materials in his working method. Within this variation however he regards the aesthetic quality of the finished work as paramount. James has exhibited at various galleries throughout Scotland, and at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).
James says: “We live in a world of chaos, most of which I cant do anything about. My work usually begins with chaos. I attack the surface with various materials which could include collage, paint, pencils, pastel, ink etc. I then have to re-organise this chaos, through adding and subtracting and eventually relying on my intuition, into something more pleasing to the eye. Maybe even something beautiful. It’s a way of reconciliation that I can at least make a thing of beauty from what was once chaotic. The end result may take the form of a harbour scene, beach scene or a still life. I tend to favour the still life. There’s something quite satisfying in the simple act of making a cup of tea and a snack for a friend or family or them for you. We all have tables and other surfaces containing nik naks. My work is a portrayal of these objects, sometimes recognisable sometimes suggestive. All hopefully arranged in an aesthetic manner”.