"Seawall Facing Ocean"
Tim Fraser, "Seawall Facing Ocean," 2007, oil on canvas, 36" x 60".
TIM FRASER, Seawall Composed
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver
Sept 22 to Oct 11, 2007
By Bettina Matzkuhn
The seawall in Vancouver’s Stanley Park has been Tim Fraser’s muse for more than 15 years. The setting is imbued with the strangeness of dreams, like strolling through an uninhabited setting made from a box of plastic toys. His flat painting style emphasizes the strong, elementary forms he uses to conjure the path, trees, and water. The shapes are enlivened by his nuanced use of colour — gentle purple in the crook of a tree, the blue cast of shadow on clipped grass or the mottled red of a maple about to drop its leaves. The sheen of fantasy is in the quality of light, that intense early morning or late evening slant uncannily like the backlit radiance of an electronic screen. Fraser grew up in Surrey, B.C. and has always viewed the park as his preferred destination for strolls and picnics. He perceives it as a place of constant change, now underscored by the storms of 2006. Many artists have focused on a particular landscape with significant reward, and Fraser is no exception.
Represented by: Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver