Bunbury based creative visionary Andrew Frazer is treating us all to a brand new exhibition of his beautiful illustrations titled Lost For Words. To support his new solo show he has also launched a new kickstarter campaign this week which has already passed 60% of it’s funding target last time I checked so if you want to pledge and receive some awesome stickers or limited prints you need to act fast.We took some time this week to find out a little more about the artist, his work, the kickstarter campaign and his upcoming show.
When did you first realise that you wanted to have a career in the art world?
I wanted to be an artist from a very young age, but it has taken many years to realise that I always was an artist. Im still learning how to stay true to this reality.
Describe your style in three words?
Whimsical, Narrative & Emotive.
Inside or outside? (streets or gallery)
To be honest – I love both.
We really admire the personality you put into your illustrations and murals. Tell us about the creative process behind your character designs.
I create my characters to share stories from my life because I have found that often words fall short in capturing what is unfolding on the inside. I want to welcome others into these stories & to derive their own stories from their viewing experience. My characters focus around joy, loss, hope, despair & ultimately redemption.
Which place in Western Australia inspires you the most?
My wife & I always love doing down to Denmark & the surrounding Great Southern coastline. It is rugged, untamed & filled with beauty.
What has been your favourite art project to date?
Organising the Re.Discover annual walking street art festival in my home town of Bunbury.
You founded SixTwoThreeZero the organisation behind the recent Bunbury’s Re.Discover street art projects. What motivated you to start this intiative?
The origins were viewing Stormie Mill’s paintings around Perth at a time in life when I was really struggling. His emotive characters opened up an internal conversation that brought a lot of healing in my own journey. Years later… when living in Canada, my wife & I would road trip down to Richmond Virginia to visit some of our best mates & on one trip in particular we had encountered a collection of inspiring large scale murals – curated by the Richmond Mural Project. It sparked a vision within me to create something similar in Bunbury to both showcase artistic talent & to also support local businesses by increasing foot traffic within the CBD. There are so many individuals who have helped to make this festival a reality – Im humbled to say the least.
What are the positives and negatives of being an artist?
Positives are the people you meet, the places you go & the flexible schedule.
Negatives are trying to keep to a schedule.
If you could collaborate with any creative in the world who would it be and why?
Shaun Tan and/or Oliver Jeffers because they both create with such honesty & beauty.
What was the inspiration/influence for the illustrated animal alphabet?
I had wanted to create an illustrated alphabet for a number of years, but it always felt so overwhelming to start. After receiving an invitation from Hay Shed Hill to exhibit within their gallery space & the news that my wife & I are expecting our first child in November… the timing was perfect! Each animal tells a story & Im really excited to share all 26 of them with the public community.
What can we expect from your upcoming exhibition “Lost For Words”?
Expect 26 individually framed, lead pencil, wild & wondrous animal illustrations all the way from A-Z.
You have also just launched a Kickstarter campaign alongside your upcoming exhibition. Could you tell us a little more about that?
I had originally contacted a range of good friends seeking their advice / recommendations about quick release grants & one of them (Aimee Ko) had mentioned Kickstarter as an idea. It stuck with me & so rather than releasing a limited run of animal stickers & alphabet print showcasing all 26 animals at the exhibition – I have decided to invite anyone & everyone via my Kickstarter campaign to pre-purchase these offerings as a way to fund my exhibition costs. Nearly 50% of the campaign has been funded within the first 48 hours – so a huge thanks to everyone who has come on board!
Lost For Words opens Saturday August 8, 5-7pm at the gallery of Hay Shed Hill wines in Margaret River. The exhibition will run until early November.
You can find out more about the kickstarter campaign at the link below.