West Fraser was born in Savannah, GA in 1955. He is a true “Son of The Low Country”, with deep roots in Dorchester, S.C. dating back to 1695, to coastal Georgia’s colonial plantation history. He came of age on Hilton Head Island where he developed his love of the coastal environs that still today provides inspiration. One of the leading American artists in the representational and plein air tradition, he has built his career on richly painted, atmospheric vistas of cities, coasts, and the landscape throughout the United States and internationally - from the pristine Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, to the hill towns of Tuscany. An inveterate traveler, he has painted throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia. Yet his passion always draws him back to the marshes and landscape of his beloved Georgia and South Carolina Coast.
West Fraser has been honored with nine solo museum exhibitions in the Midwest, the Southeast, and California. His most recent museum exhibition, Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser, is currently on view at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina from January 28 – April 30, 2017. Fraser’s paintings have also been included in many juried museum exhibitions nationwide. During the past 35 years, Fraser has been published extensively, including features in Art and Antiques, Plein Air Magazine, The Robb Report, Charleston Magazine, Garden and Gun, Sandlapper Magazine, SC Wildlife Magazine, Southern Living, Southern Accents, American Artist, Nautical Quarterly, Southwest Art, US Air Ways, Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector to name a few. Exhibition catalogs and books exists of his work from solo museum exhibitions, The Color of Light, 1995 Springfield Museum of Art, OH and A Native Son, 2012 Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA.