‘Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.’
Mel Fraser MRBS is a contemporary sculptor specialising in stone. She has worked from a variety of studios in and around Cambridge since the mid nineties. She is equally at home working on abstract or figurative pieces and her work has been shown at numerous art fairs around Europe and New York, The Chelsea Flower Show and most recently at On Form 16, the UK’s most prestigious sculpture exhibition devoted solely to stone.
Mel has worked in Carrara and Pietrasanta in Italy, at the quarries and stone yards in Kilkenny, Ireland and has a long collaboration with members of the Shona tribe from Zimbabwe.
Her work is held by collectors all over the world and a recent commission saw her work installed in Frank Gehry’s Opus Building in Hong Kong.
In December 2015 she finished working on a larger than life-sized piece of 3 figures in Kilkenny limestone for one of the UK’s largest trade unions, the GMB.
Mel is happy to consider commissions.
Photogragh by Ros Fraser
Mel Fraser with two Grand Evolutions carved from a single boulder of alabaster, commissioned by a hotel in Beijing.
Mel, by Flusso I, at on form 16 with attentive visitors
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Mel has been accepted as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors so she can now put the letters MRBS after her name!
After a busy 2016 where Mel once again exhibited at on form, the UK’s most prestigious stone-only sculpture exhibition held at Asthall Manor in The Cotswolds, Mel’s work is being featured at the second Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition in Coggeshall, Essex from July 28th to September 10th, where she has a special area of the arboretum set aside exclusively for her pieces.
Mel’s work will be shown by the Sheridan Russell Gallery at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair, 19-22 October and at the Edinburgh Art Fair, 17-19 November and by Hanoi Art House at the Cambridge Art Fair, 9-12 November. Mel’s work can also be seen throughout the year at the fabulous new Bils & Rye gallery in Kirkbymoorside, north of York.
To discuss availability of pieces, prices, commissions or a visit to the studio, copy and paste email@example.com into your email programme. Mel’s studio is 5 miles east of Cambridge and can be visited by appointment.
‘Stone has its own life. Mel, with her exceptional talent and passion, lights the magic within, giving it the glory and soul.’
Angie, Hanoi Art House.
Image by Stefanie Reichelt
Mel’s work on Angie and Will’s Hanoi Art House stand at the New York Affordable Art Fair, April 2017
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