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Dear Suomi exhibition artwork

These are the five works that I made for the Helsinki International Artists’ Association (HIAA) exhibition ‘Dear Suomi’. The images need to be looked at larger online to see the details under all the layers. I made a statement below about the work, hopefully it gives a little insight into my thoughts behind these works.

‘I am British and living in Finland. I was brought up in Staffordshire in England which is known for it’s production of blue and white porcelain.

The images used to decorate porcelain in Staffordshire were often influenced by cultures from around the world; images that have been taken out of context and have adopted new meaning. I have incorporated images from Staffordshire porcelain into these drawings. I have also incorporated influences from Finnish porcelain and some of my own memories and motifs into the drawings.

As an immigrant from a country with a colonialist history I want to explore my relationship with Finland and how I have been influenced by Finnish culture.

The expressive painterly marks are used in juxtaposition to the illustrative drawing to convey a sense of energy, struggle and life.

Blue and white also has obvious connections with Finland and the Finnish flag.’

Thanks to the curator Hanna Kress, all the artists at HIAA (special thanks to Kemê Pellicer for getting the initial process started), Helsingin Taiteilijaseura and Galleria Rantakasarmi.

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‘Soup’

I have some new images on my art blog chrisfraserart.com, here are a few of the black and white ones. Some are ink drawings with colour others are pure line studies.

The images below are playing with the notion of life being like a soup from the beginning of life to now, on a microcosmic and macrocosmic level.

Life often feels like a soup. A really thick soup with far too many ingredients that sometimes tastes good and sometimes tastes awful.

drawing_funnyenergy_092016

drawing_funnynegativeenergy_092016

drawing_franticenergy_092016

drawing_franticnegativeenergy_092016

drawing_madenergy_092016

drawing_madnegativeenergy_092016

drawing_negativeenergy_092016

drawing_nervousnegativeenergy_092016

drawing_someenergy_092016

drawing_somenegativeenergy_092016