Liz Fraser

Website: http://www.thesmallestkingdom.co.uk

Email: lizfraser_artist@btinternet.com

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Detail of endpapers from The Smallest Kingdom, published by Kew Publishers, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Mixed media.

Plant Hunters. Mixed media painting 22.5cm x 24 cm.

Bonatea speciosa. Gouache 36cm x 30cm

Freesia. Acrylic 28cm x 34cm


Statement

My traditional approach to botanical painting has developed over the last decade and I now work in watercolour and acrylic, as well as incorporating contemporary techniques such as digital imaging and screen printing. Currently exploring egg tempera and water- soluble oils. I’m a member of The Edinburgh Printmakers.

Biography

I studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 1983. Worked in South Africa from 1984 to 1996 as a freelance botanical and wildlife artist, exhibiting through the Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg. Illustrated two books - 'A Fynbos Year', and 'Between Two Shores' (David Philip Publishers). All the paintings from 'Between Two Shores' were acquired for the corporate art collection of First Rand Banking Group, Johannesburg.

Returned to the U.K. in 1996. In 1998-99 I lived in Seychelles, working for BirdLife International. Taught in the Scottish Borders from 2007 - 2019. Recently returned to East Lothian and started a small Indi Publishing company: The Singing Magpie Press.

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A selection of paintings from my latest book, 'The Smallest Kingdom – Plants and Plant Collectors at the Cape of Good Hope', (Kew Publishers) is now in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, London.

Recent/ Forthcoming exhibitions:

The Shirley Sherwood Collection - Botanical Art over 30 Years. Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Botanic Gardens, Richmond. November 2019 - March 2020.

Art Donors 150th Anniversary, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. December 2018 - June 2019.

British Artists in The Shirley Sherwood Collection. Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Botanic Gardens, Richmond. March- September 2017

Botanical Art in the 21st Century, Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Botanic Gardens, Richmond. February 8 – August 10 2014.

Botanical Art into the Third Millennium, 20th April -15th July 2013 at Museo della Grafica, Pisa, Italy. http://www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it

Plants in Peril, Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Botanic Gardens, 25th June 2011 – 9th April 2012.