Neil Frazer

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1961

Ruby Rose Black

  • Purchased, 1994
  • Oil on canvas
  • 2265 x 1700 x 75mm
  • 94/41
  • 1992

Painted in the style of Abstract Expressionism, colour and texture form the subject of Ruby Rose Black. The painting is about the physical energy of the artist and about the process of painting. Neil Frazer applies the paint with rags, brushes and finally by flicking it, often directly from the tube, onto the canvas.

The surface of the work is built up with many layers of paint, creating a richly textured surface and an appearance of three dimensions. The thick impasto relates to Jackson Pollock’s (1912 -1956) ‘drip paintings’, although Frazer paints with the works on the wall, rather than on the floor.

Frazer was born in Canberra, Australia, but grew up in Hamilton, New Zealand. He studied at the University of Canterbury and at the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture during a trip to the United States made possible by an Arts Council grant. His works are held in private and public collections throughout Australasia and he currently lives in Australia.