Featured Artist March - May 2002
"Picnic at the Playground", a convexo canvas, is an abstract of a happy picnic with highlighted surface treatments of gold, silver and copper leaf. It reflects light from one color to the next and the red color represents life with all its warmth and rhythm.
He began his art career at the tender age of five and remembers having a talent
to copy ideas directly from pictures. Art classes were unavailable in the lower
grades and he saved his money as a teenager to take the course "Famous Artist"
which was founded by Norman Rockwell. He spent his high school years in the attic
at home teaching himself lesson by lesson. His first competition at age 12 was
successful and won him first prize for painting a poster of Uncle Sam holding
His collectors feel excitement and become spiritual with his work. It also evokes
peace, newness, freshness, clean and powerful emotions. Fraser's work is meant
to inspire rather than have a passive effect. To inspire pleases him and he want's
others to derive some happiness and inspiration from his work.
Having grown up with sports, he enjoys football, baseball, and field and track.
He thoroughly enjoys seeing young people get ahead and achieve their goals. He
prefers to avoid loud noises, snobs and brash individuals and is troubled by the
misuse of our lands and what we will leave for future generations. He has a great
love for the out-of-doors, lakes, country and family. He respects the love of
his wife and all that she is, love of friends and how important they are in ones
life cycle are the things that make life grand. "But most of all, I love
my Lord and look forward to learn more from Him each day."
include fishing since it is like the unknown. "You can only guess what's
coming up to the surface; it is like each stroke on the canvas -- you wonder what
is going to happen, that's the fun of it." He also enjoys traveling to see
all that you can see.
His art is expressed in wood, steel, copper, brass, on stretched canvas with acrylic paints, inks, water colors and copper enamels. Awards for his work date back to 1965 when he garnered the Top Purchase Award at the Arkansas Arts Festival. Since then, he has welcomed numerous awards for his art as well as one-man exhibits over the years in various states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Tennessee, Illinois and Missouri.
Exhibitions and Awards
1962-1966: Arkansas Arts Festival - Top Purchase Award 1965 and Purchase Award 1966
1966: One Man Show at Hendrix College, Conway, AR
1968, 1970: St. Louis River Roads Art Exhibit, St. Louis, MO, Top Award 1968 and 1970
1970: Annual Ten-State Exhibition, Springfield, MO, Top Purchase Award
1971: 41st Annual Ten-State Exhibition, Springfield, MO, Top Purchase Award
1971-1975: One Man Show at Reflexions Gallery - 1971, Atlanta, GA
1973: One Man Show Retrospective at Mark Twain South County Bank, St. Louis, MO
1976: Delta Exhibition, Little Rock, AK, Awarded
1980-85: Clayton Art Gallery, Clayton, MO
1983: Carillon Art Exhibit, Clayton, MO
1985-87: Art Happening, Queeny Park, St. Louis, MO, 2nd Place/Painting - 1985, Judge 1987
1986-87: Shirley Fox Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1989: One Man Show at Barucci's West Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1990-91: J. Michael Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1992-93: Contemporanea Art Gallery, Hot Springs, AR
1993: Art Happening, Queeny Park, St. Louis, MO, Salute to the Masters
1997: One Man Show at Bell South Exhibit, Atlanta, GA
1997-Present: B. Jackson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1999: Queeny Park Park National Exhibit, St. Louis, MO
2000: Millstone Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2001-Present: Norton's Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1995-Present: Creative Fine Arts - 1995, St. Louis, MO
2002: Advanced Technology Center at Historic St. Charles, St. Charles, MO
2002: Innsbrook Resort Country Club, St. Louis, MO, One-man Show
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As Henry Moore said, "I am just interested in the shape of things." I really love Henry Moore and I, too, am interested in the shape of things. What I like about a blank canvas is that I'm not sure what is going to happen; all I know is, it is so much fun to take what's inside of me and share with others, however the Holy Spirit guides me. Now whether others like my work or not, I cannot be concerned. I must be honest with myself about how I express myself with wood, paint or metal. ~ Fraser Leonard