PAINTINGS & WATERCOLOURS - 

A RETROSPECTIVE 

JOHN FRASER

CRITIQUE

    “ John Fraser chronicles the constitution of forms. Not psychology but epistemology provides the key to his intricate investigation into the birth of ideas. For him, discursive propositions do not prescribe the pictorial progress, they crown it. At the beginning there is only a potential birthplace of statements to come. ‘Nothing that’s all’ - to paraphrase Donne. But the boundaries of the matter are also frontiers of the mind, anxious to reach a knowledge ‘held in other ways of knowing’. Therefore such cognition must find root in the matter but blossom in the mind: thought and reflexion must fit the image.which they direct and correct. Perceptual cohesion and conceptual congruity converge and diverge - only to converge again in a precarious balance which is both retinal and logical. Such wilful chains of indecision are John Fraser’s operational zone: he shuns all final resolutions of juxtaposed forms because he questions the irrevocable imposition of compulsory meanings. What matters for him is their problematic emergence not their terminal definition. So he harks to the marks, intent to catch their elusive mental resonance. And in catching it, to proclaim his creed: to each, his generative epistemology.”

 - Pierre Rouve (art professor, philosopher and critic) London University, 1981

 

I work directly without using preparatory sketches. When ideas are sketched they are derived from relationships, which have already been substantiated on the canvas. All my decisions in carrying out my work rest with intuition and cannot be translated into a self-analysis spoken or written.

    Each visual stimulus is noted eagerly by the intensity of the senses to which is added, in a way of which I am not conscious the work of my mind, and in the end, the strength or weakness of my soul.” 

Max Beckman artist, London 1938.

“All in all the creative act not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”                

Marcel Duchamp artist , Houston. 1957

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