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Olivia Fraser

The Sacred Garden

April 7 – 30, 2016

I Am the Moon, 2015, stone pigment, Arabic gum and gold leaf on handmade Sanganer paper, 9 panels, 14 x 14 inches/35.5 x 35.5 cm each
Churning I, 2015, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 36 x 36 inches/91.4 x 91.4 cm
Churning II, 2015, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 36 x 36 inches/91.4 x 91.4 cm
Red Himalaya, 2015, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 27 x 27 inches/68.5 x 68.5 cm
Blue Himalaya, 2015, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 26 x 26 inches/66 x 66 cm
Breathe, 2015, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 36 x 36 inches/91.4 x 91.4 cm
You Are the Sun, 2015, stone pigment, Arabic gum and gold leaf on handmade Sanganer paper, 9 panels, 14 x 14 inches/35.5 x 35.5 cm each
1000 Petals (Blue), 2015, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 36 x 36 inches/91.4 x 91.4 cm
Chakra, 2015, stone pigment, Arabic gum and gold leaf on handmade Sanganer paper, 72 x 72 inches/182 x 182 cm
Yantra, 2014, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 26 x 26 inches/66 x 66 cm
Chakra-I, 2013, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 25 x 25 inches/63.5 x 63.5 cm
Chakra-II, 2013, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 25 x 25 inches/63.5 x 63.5 cm
Chakra-III, 2013, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 25 x 25 inches/63.5 x 63.5 cm
Rasa Lila, 2013, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 40.5 x 40.5 inches/101.6 x 101.6 cm
Radha Krishna, 2011, stone pigment and Arabic gum on handmade Sanganer paper, 25 x 50 inches/63 x 126 cm

About This Exhibition

Delhi-based Scottish artist Olivia Fraser presents new work for her debut solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea. Fraser, who was born in London and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, has lived and worked in India since 1989. Deeply interested in the techniques and vocabulary of traditional Indian miniatures, she combines mineral and plant pigments and handmade paper with forms and ideas inspired by modern Western art.

The thirty paintings Fraser is presenting in The Sacred Garden are rooted in her fascination with and practice of yoga and the ways in which yogic meditation involves visualizations of the garden, particularly the sahasrara or thousand-petaled lotus, which serves as a visual aid in reaching enlightenment. The title of the show alludes to a concept central to the artist’s practice: “The garden, an enclosed and cultivated area of landscape that’s formalized and acted upon, is fundamental to my work,” she says. “I take the vocabulary of landscape—trees, flowers, rivers, mountains and sky—and I deconstruct and reduce them to their essence.”

Greatly influenced by early nineteenth-century Jodpuri painting, Fraser’s intricate, gem-colored works are infused with historical iconography and archetypal language. As with Blue Himalaya, the majority of her compositions are enclosed in a square format, which is similar to the mandala—a symbolic geometric form that denotes a sacred space. Additionally, as with Awakening, where seven hands run vertically and horizontally forming a grid-like pattern, Fraser often groups her subject matter in numbers of spiritual significance, drawing deeply on India’s artistic and cultural history.

Working in the manner of Indian miniature masters, Fraser sources most of her materials from Jaipur, including traditional wasli paper made with jute from Nepal and pigments hand-ground from stone, plants and earth, which she binds using Arabic gum. Her squirrel-bristle brushes that end in a singular curved hair allow for careful rendering of the most delicate spirals and lines.

Olivia Fraser’s work is included in public and private collections in Australia, France, India, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, the United Kingdom and in the Museum of Sacred Art, Septon, Belgium. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in India, China and the United Kingdom. Her work was most recently included in Forms of Devotion: The Spiritual in Indian Art at Lalit Kala Galleries, Rabindra Bhavan, in New Delhi, and in Frontiers Reimagined, a Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale (www.frontiersreimagined.org).

For more information about Olivia Fraser’s work, email gallery@sundaramtagore.com or call 212-677-4520.

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The Indian Express
The Lotus Has a Point May 2, 2016

Scottish-born Olivia Fraser paints the art of Hindu miniatures in a contemporary idiom in her solo show in New York.

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Blouin ArtInfo
Olivia Fraser’s Solo Show The Sacred Garden at Sundaram Tagore Chelsea April 2016

Delhi-based Scottish artist Olivia Fraser presents her first New York solo exhibition The Sacred Garden at Sundaram Tagore Gallery Chelsea.

Vogue
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Vogue
Canvas Call March 8, 2016

We love Olivia Fraser’s delicate canvasses, which reinterpret the age-old Indian miniature painting tradition.

Platform magazine
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Platform magazine
The Miniaturist March 8, 2016

Over the years, Olivia Fraser has mastered her craft. She aesthetically merges old Indian technique of painting with a modern twist and gives it her own contemporary interpretation.

Mithila Review
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Mithila Review
Art with Olivia Fraser March 7, 2016

What comes across strongly in Olivia Fraser's latest work is her mastery over the disciplined process of miniature art making and a deep conceptual familiarity with Indian spiritualism.

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