artists

David Frazer’s artwork explores the themes of truth, despair and the emotional and fragile state of the human condition. With his characteristic imagination and wit, David depicts isolation and both rural and urban decline in his finely detailed wood engravings, lithographs, etchings, paintings and bronze sculptures. His stage is often sparsely inhabited, with the occasional character seeming lost, as if unsure of his role in a changing world. These images are informed by thoughts of something better or nostalgic memories of a time that was never that great. However, their abandonment, alienation and longing is sometimes invested with ambiguity, slight optimism and wry humour. Although David’s work is typically Australian, the story is universal, drawing tensions between survival and hope, vitality and emptiness in images that are both poignant, mildly unsettling but entirely captivating. Not one to give too much away, David concedes that after all, “being happy and optimistic all of the time isn’t funny or tragic and wouldn’t make for very interesting art.”

Born in Victoria, David Frazer graduated from the Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne with a Fine Art degree specialising in painting. In 1996 he achieved an Honours degree from Monash University specialising in Printmaking and in 2000, gained his Master of Arts. In 2007 David was featured Australian artist on the ABC’s documentary series ‘Artist at Work’. In 2013 he was the recipient of the open section acquisitive prize, Silk Cut Award, for his woodcut ‘Waiting for Rain’ which has also been included in a number of other awards and prize exhibitions. His works are represented widely across Australia and overseas in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian War Memorial, State Library of Victoria and Chiang Mai Contemporary Art Museum of Thailand.

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      $1400 Wounded wood II - linocut, 6/50, 82 x 69cm

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      $1200 The text message - linocut, 4/50, 92 x 69cm

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      $1100 The long way home - etching, 10/50, 44 x 69cm

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      $880 The ladder - etching, 4/20, 49 x 69.5cm

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      $860 Walk away - etching, 13/30, 55 x 75cm

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      $660 Caravan XXVIII - etching, 10/50, 34.5 x 44.5cm

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      $620 Slow boat (study) - wood engraving, 23/35, 11 x 16cm, framed

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      $550 Homesick - etching, 6/50, 26.5 x 36cm

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      $550 Slow boat (study II) - linocut, 2/50, 38 x 52.5cm

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      $550 Happy Hour II - linocut, 6/40, 39 x 25cm

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      $530 Lonely boy - etching, 4/50, 10 x 15cm, framed

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      $510 So sweet - wood engraving, 7/20, 9.9 x 6.1cm, framed

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      $385 Hug - wood engraving, 18/60, 12.5 x 11cm

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      $385 Picnic - wood engraving, 9/60, 11 x 15cm

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      $385 The small escape - wood engraving, 12/60, 11 x 15cm

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      $385 Get F#!*+! - wood engraving, 9/30, 10 x 12.4cm

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      $380 Waiting for mail - wood engraving, 3/40, 6.5 x 7cm, framed

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      $330 Silicon Age - etching, 4/20, 7.5 x 10cm

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      $330 Lost man - wood engraving, 2/30, 11.5 x 7.5cm

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      $330 Home sweet home - wood engraving and letterpress, 30/60, 9 x 10cm

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      $330 The letter - wood engraving, 12/40, 11 x 7cm

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      $330 Adrift - wood engraving, 10/50, 9.5 x 7cm

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      $330 10 too many - wood engraving, 6/20, 6.4 x 10.1cm

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      $330 Is that it? - wood engraving, 6/20, 6.3 x 9.7cm

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      $330 Happy Hour - wood engraving, 7/10, 7.5 x 9.9cm

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      $275 The last leaf on the tree - wood engraving, 7/50, 6 x 7cm

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      $275 Love - wood engraving, 20/60, 6.3 x 6cm

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      $275 Broken - wood engraving, 7/20, 4 x 6cm

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      $275 The true meaning of humble - wood engraving, 5/20, 7 x 6.1cm

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      $250 Looking out at the rain, another hour gone - wood engraving, 7/10, 5.5 x 4.5cm

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      $250 Giving the afternoon away - wood engraving, 4/10, 5.4 x 4.2cm

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