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Mel at on form 16 with interested visitors

Mel, by Flusso I, at on form 16 with attentive visitors

Mel Fraser has been creating contemporary stone sculpture from her studio outside Cambridge, UK for more than 20 years. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that she has been accepted as a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors so she can now put the letters MRSS after her name!

With the quite exceptional circumstances we all find ourselves in at the moment, it is unclear when Mel’s work will be able to be viewed in person during 2020. Various Art Fairs have been cancelled as has Cambridge Open Studio. As of now the redoubtable women who run on form 20 are planning a virtual exhibition through their web site where a host of Mel’s newest pieces will be able to be viewed and or purchased.

In 2019 Mel’s work was shown by the Sheridan Russell Gallery at the Fresh Art Fair in Cheltenham, 26-28 April, by Cube Gallery at the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, 9-12 May. Mel’s work will also be on show at the first Sculpture exhibition at Beaulieu  Hampshire from May 25th to July 14th, at Henley Festival with Hanoi Art House 10-14th July and at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair, 17-20 October. Several of Mel’s pieces will be at  Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition in Coggeshall, Essex, from 20th July to the 1st September and for the second, third and fourth weekends of July at her studio as part of Cambridge Open Studios.

To find out more about more about Mel please visit The Words page and to start viewing her stunning contemporary stone sculptures go to The Work.

To plan a visit to her studio please have a look at The Studio section of the web site.

To discuss availability of pieces, prices, commissions or a visit to the studio, please go to the Contact page or copy and paste melfraser.sculpture@gmail.com into your email programme.
Mel’s studio is 5 miles east of Cambridge and can be visited by appointment.

Mel Fraser's work on the Hanoi Art House stand at the New York Affordable Art Fair April 2017Image by Stefanie Reichelt

Mel’s work on the Angie and Will’s Hanoi Art House stand at the New York Affordable Art Fair April 2017

on form 20

With the world as it is at the moment, on form 20 has had to be held as a virtual exhibition with all the sculptures being able to be viewed on line only.
For this year’s show Mel has fused together some recent themes to produce a body of work specifically for on form 20.
Her theme of Creation:fireiceandtempests can be seen below and at the links above.

Cerchio di Fiamme I WIP for on form 20

Cerchio di Fiamme I, statuary Carrara marble, work in progress (WIP)
for on form 20

 

Genesis I, detail, alabaster, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture, on form 20

Genesis I, alabaster, detail

La Tempesta IV, English alabaster, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture, on form 20

La Tempesta IV, English alabaster

Ice Twist II, selenite, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture, on form 20

Ice Twist II, selenite

June ’20

M*A*S*H camp

Mel M*A*S*H wide

Due to the quite exceptional circumstances the planet finds itself in at the moment, Mel has relocated her studio to her garden hence Mobile Artists’ Studio at Home or M*A*S*H

Cerchio di Fiamme WIP M*A*S*H 1

She is currently working on three Cerchio di Fiamme (Circle of Flames) pieces, all carved from the most beautiful statuary Carrara marble.
This is the smallest one, at 80 cm high and all three will be available through the on form 20 virtual exhibition and web site

Cerchio di Fiamme WIP M*A*S*H 2

April ’20

Mel’s Open Studio 2019

Mel's Open Studio, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

Every July Mel opens her studio to the public as part of Cambridge Open Studios. Set in the idyllic grounds of Herring’s House outside Cambridge the studio is open from 11-6pm on Saturday and Sunday and contains more than 40 examples of Mel’s stunning contemporary stone sculpture.

Fiamma, Carrara marble at Mel's Open Studio, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

Fiamma, Carrara marble

Flash! at Mel's Open Studio, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

Flash!, Moroccan marble

Come and view over 40 of Mel’s works for both exterior and interior display

Genesis, alabaster at Mel's Open Studio, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

Genesis, alabaster

Euros, Carrara marble at Mel's Open Studio, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

Euros, Carrara marble

Young Tao at Mel's Open Studio, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

Young Tao, sandstone

Ice Queen at Mel's Open Studio, by Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

Gaia, Indonesian champagne onyx

July ’19

Beaulieu’s first sculpture exhibition

Boreas at Beaulieu 2019

Boreas, statuary Carrara marble, in the paddock at Beaulieu

Mel was asked by David Waghorne, curator of  Doddington Hall and Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibitions, to be one of the featured artists in the first ever sculpture show at Beaulieu home of Lord Montagu and the National Motor Museum set in the picturesque New Forest area of Hampshire, UK

angel wing at Beaulieu 2019,

Angel Wing XX, Carrara marble

Two of Mel’s contemporary stone sculptures were chosen to be shown in the grounds of  the ruins of the old abbey, destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII, where the contrast between the ancient weathered stone work and the pristine sculptures was quite lovely.

Sculpture at Beaulieu runs until July 14th 2019

Fusion, Carrara marble

June ’19

A Trip to Gondwanaland

The Three Graces, Marks Hall 2017

The Three Graces, Kilkenny limestone in Gondwanaland

Earlier in the year Mel was approached by the curators of Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition to be the featured artist in their second biennial show. She was to be given an exclusive area of the arboretum in which to display her work: Gondwanaland.

Angel Wing XX, Carrara marble, by Mel Fraser

Angel Wing XX, Carrara marble

Gondwanaland was the name given to the supercontinent comprising most of the land masses of the Southern Hemisphere and at Marks Hall it is an area planted with a variety of plants from Australia and South America, particularly Eucalyptus, Monkey Puzzle trees, Wollemia pines, bottle brush plants and Pampas grass.

Destiny, Persian travertine, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Destiny, Persian travertine

15 of Mel’s contemporary stone sculptures have been placed around the 4 acre enclave, some visible from a quarter of a mile away along great vistas, some on gentle mounds and some tucked away in peaceful glades, slumbering amongst the perfumed gum trees and dancing grasses.

Flusso I, Carrara marble, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Flusso I, Carrara marble with Wollemia pines

Venus, Zimbabwean springstone, by Mel Fraser

Venus, Zimbabwean springstone with Monkey Puzzle tree

Squaring the Circle, Persian travertine, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Squaring the Circle, Persian travertine and below,

Fracture I, Kilkenny limestone in amongst the Pampas grass

Fracture I, Kilkenny limestone, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Angel Wing XXI, Carrara marble, by Mel Fraser

Angel Wing XXI, Carrara marble

Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition runs from July 29th to September 10th 2017, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG

July ’17

A Trip to Italy

Cave Michelangelo quarry, Carrara

The Cave Michelangelo quarry, Carrara

In August Mel and family holidayed in Italy which, obviously, included trips to Carrara and Pietrasanta. Mel was able to meet up with an old pal, Signore Franco Barattini, the man responsible for the Cave Michelangelo quarry high above Carrara. He, along with his glamorous assistant Antonella, graciously took Mel up to the quarry where she was able to chose and acquire several large pieces of beautiful cremo marble. 9.5 tonnes of Carrara’s finest to be precise.

Mel, Signore Barattini and Antonella inspect the cremo

The chosen ones are then marked up for collection,

Mel and Barattini, Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

and everyone’s happy. Shall we dance?

August ’16

“Delivery for Ms Fraser!”

A few weeks after her trip to Italy, 9.5 tonnes of Italian mountain arrived at Mel’s studio just outside Cambridge.

DJ and the teleporter take the strain on Mel’s 5.4 tonne block of cremo. Phew!

One happy scultore!

September ’16