In the first of a series of interviews with artists exhibiting at the Talented Art Fair (The Old Truman Brewery, 2 to 4 March) we caught up with Abstract painter Fraser Renton.
What is your name and what is it you create?
My name is Fraser Renton and I am a Linear-Geometric Abstract Artist based in the Sussex Downs of West Sussex.
What is your background?
Varied! Everything I have ever undertaken has been self taught. On leaving college, I worked within the entertainment industry together with pop groups, west end productions and touring cabaret troupes creating costumes, sets and props, before changing direction into web development and graphic design, all of which have played a key ‘creative’ part in the development of the art I am now making.
How would you describe your work?
Linear-Geometric Abstracts and 3D Art Sculptures. Multiple colours, sharp lines, shapes with depth and optical illusions. For me there needs to be an edge to the works, whether that be using gradients, texture or simple subtleties in the colour.
Talk us through your creative process.
I prepare my visions digitally, using colour fields and layers, before transferring these creations to ‘one-off’ original pieces using acrylic paints on canvas, birch-ply or aluminium surfaces and finished with a protective resin overlay. Some of my latest pieces include the methodology of mesh moulding.
Who and what are your biggest influences?
As far back as I can remember I have always had a love for linear geometrics and colour field paintings. I see the world we live in as a place full of linear-geometric constructions with enhanced colour vibrancies. My fascination for both these art forms has inspired me for many years. A few months ago, a dear artist friend of mine passed away suddenly. We collaborated together on a series of Alumesh works and had big plans on future collaborations. I am currently expanding on the methodology of mesh moulding to incorporate it with my own geometric works.
Who would you say are your favourite contemporary artists?
There are so many whom I admire but to name but a few, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Ilya Bolotowsky, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. I feel that many of the works from these fine artists represent some of the most intellectually fascinating and visually stimulating geometric and colour field art ever conceived.
Where’s your studio, what’s it like and do you have any rituals?
I currently work from my home studio in West Sussex. It’s very clean, modular, there is a place for everything and everything is easily accessible. I have no rituals apart from keeping it spotless between projects. (Fellow artist friends find it amusing when we compare studio photos).
What will you be showing at Talented Art Fair?
My latest series of works called ‘Serations’ and ‘Perspectular'. I will also be bringing a selection of works from the series; ‘Waltzer', ‘Linular' and ‘Quadular’ along with new works incorporating Mesh.
Fraser Renton will be exhibiting at the Talented Art Fair from 2 to 4 March, The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London E1 6QR
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