Roland Fraser: New Constructions
Roland Fraser presents New Constructions, a body of work which spans the last year and a half of his practice. Consisting of reclaimed wood and composite board, the materials are sourced locally from discarded furniture, windows, doors and skirting. With exposed edges and margins there is reference to the objects previous lives and history. The discarded elements form compositions that reference both balance and stillness whilst others have a vibrant use of colour and precarious aesthetic as if verging on the point of collapse.
Roland Fraser was born in Bridge of Allan and from 1986 to 1990 attended St. Andrews University where he studied Philosophy and Art History. Since 1995 he has worked predominantly creating his own artworks and teaching woodwork.
He has won various awards including the Fine Art award at the Royal Glasgow Institute, and awards at the Visual Arts Scotland exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, including the Flora Wood Award in 2005, the Applied Arts Prize in 2007, and the Open Eye Gallery Award in 2011. He was finalist for the Gordon Smith Award in 2016 and exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Show and National Open Art Exhibition in 2017 and has two works in the Royal Museum of Scotland Collection. Fraser has been selected to exhibit in the RSA Open Exhibition 2018.