Artist John Fraser discusses the long road from working in the commercial world to being a full-time artist, his transition from selling work in art fairs to gaining gallery representation, the value of MFA programs, and the logistics of working with galleries.
“You’re not ever going to secure representation by doing anything independent. I think that you can pursue a career and do it in a way that really indicates your talent, but I do think sooner or later you’ve got to commit to a partnership. Because you really cannot get the kind of exposure alone without having a gallery to really legitimize what you’re doing.”
John Fraser has been an exhibiting artist since 1980, having shown work in the United States, Germany, Spain, England, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, and Hungary. His work in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and photography evinces a deep engagement with surface, geometric abstraction, formal relationships, and structural and material concerns. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from Arts Midwest / National Endowment for the Arts and The Illinois Arts Council. For over twenty-four years, he has been represented by Roy Boyd Gallery in Chicago.