Pauline Fraser

Artist Statement

I am inspired by the natural world and the immediate world that surrounds me. Marine life, animals, butterflies, birds, interiors of rooms, trees and places where I have lived are all a part of my artistic repertoire.

I have been working with two techniques, intaglio and relief printing. The word Intaglio is derived from the Italian word intaglione meaning to engrave or cut. The process is to transfer a drawing onto a metal surface, it is then either engraved or corroded in an acid bath after which ink is rubbed into the surface and then printed. I find the raw, black, raised lines incredibly beautiful. It’s an art form which has been practised since the 15th Century so there is something fascinatingly enduring about it.
Relief Prints are quite different. The surface is flat and the lines are broad and bold. These have been created by carving into linoleum, rolling ink over the surface and then printing. I use a press rather than rubbing by hand as I like the slightly embossed impression.

Since graduating from RMIT and Monash University in 1992 I have worked as a practising sculptor, printmaker and art educator. My work has been exhibited widely in commercial and regional galleries in Victoria and interstate and is included in museum, corporate and private collections. Significant Public Art commissions include; Melbourne City Council, Wind Contrivance, 1995; City of Boroondara, 4 Large Wood Carvings, 1997; Albury Wodonga Development Corporation, Feather and Leaf, 2004; Hobsons Bay City Council, Seaborn, 2005; as well as being shortlisted for six other public art projects taken through to the design stage. In 2007 I completed a Master of Fine art at Monash University.



2002-2007 Master of Fine Art by Research, Public Sculpture Today: a Visual Exploration of Public Space, Monash University

Graduate Diploma of Art (Sculpture) Monash University

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Sculpture) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Solo Exhibitions

2008 Moon Shell and a Mermaid’s Purse, Louis Joel Gallery, Hobsons Bay

2007 Master of Fine Art, Exhibition /Examination, Greenhouse Gallery, Monash University

1996 Artist -In -Residence, Working Drawings and Sculpture, Hawthorn Town Hall, Vic.

On the Other Side of the Hill, Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

culpture, Monotypes, and Etchings, Albury Regional Art Gallery, NSW

1992 Geographic Connections, Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

Sculpture and Works on Paper, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Richmond, Vic.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Home Nostalgia, Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop

2014 3 Dimensions, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Selected North East artists.

2012 Wangaratta Art Gallery Celebrates 25 Years Exhibition, Selected Australia wide artists.

2009 Susan Moorhead Memorial Award, Albury Art Gallery (Finalist)

2009 Muse Gallery, Milawa, Selected Regional Artists

2007 Collected, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery Collection

2003 Diversionary Tactics, Selected Regional Artists, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery

2001 Flower Power, Selected Regional Artists, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery

2000 The Drawn Line, Selected Regional Artists, Albury Regional Art Gallery

1999 Christmas Show, Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT.

1998 Artesano Provincia, Selected Regional Artists, Albury Regional Art Gallery

North East Profiles, Selected Artists, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Victoria

Nillumbik Art Award, Selected Artists, Melbourne, Victoria

1995 Australia Felix, Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

1994 Inaugural Bright Sculpture Acquisitive Award, Bright, Victoria

Breaking the Mould, Eleven Women Sculptors, Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT.

1992 Balcony Exhibition, Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne


2006 City of Hobsons Bay Sculpture Acquisition

2006 Short-Listed for Sovereign Point Public Artwork Commission, Manningham City Council.

2005 Short-Listed for Sefton Grange Public Artwork Commission, Mount Martha.

2005 City of Hobsons Bay, Sea born, Altona Pier Public Artwork Commission.

2005 Short listed for Frankston Foreshore Public Artwork Commission.

2004 Short-listed for Apex Park Market Pavilion Public Sculpture, Wangaratta

2004 Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery Sculpture Acquisition.

2004 Albury/ Wodonga Development Corporation Public Sculpture Commission- St John’s Close, Thurgoona, NSW.

1998 Short- listed for East Preston Public Art Project-City of Darebin.

1998 Short- listed for the Wangaratta Jazz Festival Public Sculpture Commission.

City of Boroondara- Artist-in-Residence. Wood Carvings for Beckett Park, Balwyn, Melb.

1996 Systems Sires – Bronze Bull Trophy (Private Commission)

1995 City of Melbourne Public Sculpture Commission- The Queen Victoria Market, Wind Contrivance

Brighton Yacht Club Trophy