FLUX Exhibition is delighted to be exhibiting the striking work of artist Fraser Renton at Chelsea College of Arts 12th – 15th April 2018.  Read about his work and inspirations below:

As far back as I can remember I have always had a love for linear geometrics and colour field paintings. I see the world we live in a place full of linear-geometric constructions with enhanced colour vibrancies. My fascination for both these art forms has inspired me for many years, from great artists such as Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Ilya Bolotowsky, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. I feel that many of the works from these fine artists represent some of the most intellectually fascinating and visually stimulating geometric and colour field art ever conceived.

I love abstract in all forms but Digital, Geometric, Hard Edge and Minimalist are what fascinates me the most. Colour field plays a huge part in my experimentation and creation. Focusing on multiple colours, sharp lines, three dimensional shapes and multi layered optical illusions, I prepare my visions digitally, using colour fields and multiple layers, before transferring these creations to ‘one-off’ original pieces. Using acrylic paints on canvas, birch-ply or aluminium surfaces, for me there needs to be an edge to the works, whether that be using gradients, texture or subtleties in the colour. For works that are resin coated, this extra element protects the finished pieces from moisture, heat and physical stress.

My goals are to conceptualise, capture and design new and enticing linear-geometric abstract art that delivers a capacity to create fascination, evoke deep thought through beauty as well as engage great emotion and distill mood for the viewers.

I was born in Edinburgh in the late 60’s. On leaving school I took a few years out, touring the US before returning to the UK to reside in London for the next 25 years. In 2015 I relocated to Yapton, Arundel in West Sussex.

From the early 90’s I performed in a touring cabaret troupe that took me around the world, performing in the countries of all 5 continents. Apart from performing, I both managed the troupe as well as creating many of the costumes, stage props, backdrops and promotional material. During this time my passion for creating became my new focal point. By the end of the 90’s, around the time of the .com boom, a change of direction towards designing and developing websites ensued.

Since the turn of the century, I have taught myself how to use all the tools of the trade needed to create, manage and maintain websites. Using programs such as Paintshop Pro, Paint, Illustrator and the industry standard, Photoshop, these self taught graphic design skills have progresses into creating physical art from digital creations.

Self taught or art school?

Every project I have ever undertaken has been self taught. On leaving college, I worked within the entertainment industry together with pop groups, west end productions and touring cabaret troupes, before career changing to web development and graphic design, all of which have played a key ‘creative’ part to the development of my work …

If you could own one work of art what would it be?

There are so many styles of art I love and for me this is an impossible question to answer. I think I would like it to be an original, something by a friend rather than a great, and something that was created with myself in mind. I am fortunate enough to already have a couple of pieces by friends whom have done just that, which to me are priceless.

How would you describe your style?

Linear-Geometric Abstracts. Multiple colours, sharp lines, three dimensional shapes and optical illusions. I prepare my visions digitally, using colour fields and layers, before transferring these creations to ‘one-off’ original pieces using acrylic paints on canvas, birch-ply or aluminium surfaces. For me there needs to be an edge to the works, whether that be using gradients, texture or subtleties in the colour.

Where are your favourite places to view art?

Art Galleries, Art Fairs and Museums – I always prefer to see art in the flesh.

Who are your favourite artists and why?

Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Ilya Bolotowsky, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. I feel that many of the works from these fine artists represent some of the most intellectually fascinating and visually stimulating geometric and colour field art ever conceived.

What or who inspires your art?

As far back as I can remember I have always had a love for linear geometrics and colour field paintings. I see the world we live in a place full of linear-geometric constructions with enhanced colour vibrancies. My fascination for both these art forms has inspired me for many years.

Where’s your studio and what’s it like?

I currently work from my home studio in West Sussex. It’s very clean, modular, there is a place for everything and everything is easy-accessible.

Do you have any studio rituals?

None, apart from keeping it spotless between projects. (Fellow artist friends find it amusing when we compare studio photos)

What are you working on currently?

This questionnaire! Oh and my latest series of work called ‘Serations’ – I am working on number 3 to be exact. Each series consists of 10 pieces of work. Previous series include; ‘Waltzer’, ‘Linular’ and ‘Quadular’.

A few months ago, a dear artist friend of mine passed away suddenly. We collaborated together on a series of work and had big plans on future collaborations. In 2018 I intend to keep his name alive by creating a new series of work, amalgamating his 3D Alu-mesh sculpturing together with my geometric abstracts. Further information on my website to follow in the new year.

Where can we buy your art?

My art can be purchased online through my own website; www.fraserrenton.com as well as through; Caiger Contemporary Art … Reem Gallery … and Saatchi Art.

What are your ambitions?

My ambition is to conceptualise, capture and design new and enticing linear-geometric abstract art that delivers a capacity to create fascination, evoke deep thought through beauty as well as engage great emotion and distill mood for anyone with an appreciation of art.

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