Tag Archives: Explore Charleston

27

Mar

Older Painting, New Inspiration

As an artist, finding inspiration is not always easy. I have had the privilege of watching West Fraser create his artwork for my entire life–a privilege I do not take lightly. It never ceases to amaze me what West can create from a blank canvas. There are times when I have watched a painting slowly come to life over several weeks, and other times when it seems that the painting sprang to life over night. These scenarios represent the challenges of inspiration.


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16

Aug

It’s always nice to hear Thank You.

Thank you Gibbes Museum for sharing this with us. It’s always good to know that funds are being used in the manner in which they were intended. Keep up the great work in arts education! We need you.


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23

Jan

The Gibbes Museum–West Fraser’s 3rd One Man Show Opens Saturday

West enjoying himself in Costa Rica

The past year has been full of extraordinary happenings for West Fraser and West Fraser Studio

“Sunlight” as seen on the cover of Painting the Southern Coast

In July of 2016 ‘Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser’ was published by The University of South Carolina Press. By October, the first printing had sold out. Extraordinary.

Soaring Wings | 54 x 72 inches | Oil on linen

In September of 2016 the Montage Hotel at Palmetto Bluff opened; the hotel houses one of the largest single collections of West Fraser paintings around. When you walk into the lobby of the hotel and look over to the reception desk, you can see the largest painting West has ever completed. ‘Soaring Wings’ was commissioned to be the centerpiece of the collection and is an absolutely stunning piece of work. This too is extraordinary.

 

This week, January 28, 2017, the Gibbes opens ‘Painting the Southern Coast,’ a collection of paintings reflecting the book as well as many paintings that represent Mr. Fraser’s mature painting style. This will be West’s third one-man show at the Gibbes, his first was in 1986 (when it was still the Gibbes Gallery of Art), and he was the youngest artist to have a one-man show.

Tuscan Hill Towns | 22 x 46 inches | Oil on linen

He now has another first, this will be the first show of a single living artist since the museum re-opened in May of last year. And as director Angela Mack said, it better be good. We at West Fraser Studio and Helena Fox Fine Art think it’s better than good, we think it’s extraordinary.

 

If you are a member of the museum, please join us on Friday evening at 7pm for a preview of the show.

Please stay tuned to our website, Facebook page (West Fraser Studio), Instagram (@westfraserstudio) and email (info@westfraserstudio.com) for information about West’s guided tours of the exhibit happening throughout the run of the show.

Thank you to Adam Parker and The Post and Courier for a well written article about both West Fraser’s and Jacob Lawrence’s exhibit at The Gibbes Museum.

Read the Article here.


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8

Sep

New Website, New Painting, Getting It Together for the Fall

Join us for a book signing and artist talk on September 22, 2016 at the Charleston Library Society. For more information on the evening, please go to here.


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12

Oct

#motivationmonday

Monday, for most people, is the first day of the week. It’s the wake-up call after the weekend. The end of doing your own thing and the beginning of doing someone elses thing. For the self-employed, monday is just like any other day of the week.


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5

Oct

Progression

Often people ask how long it takes for West to finish a painting. It’s a fun question, well no, not really. I once heard him answer the question with what was basically a mathmatic word problem. It was something like this: I’ve been painting all my life, so let’s say 50 years plus a few days, maybe a few months, plus a few hours, plus another few days, plus a year or so, plus an hour or so for stretching canvas and maybe a few extra hours for contemplation.


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