1929 - 2009

Born in 1929, Donald Hamilton Fraser studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London from 1949 to 1952 and gained a French Government Scholarship to Paris in 1953 where he lived and worked for two years. In 1957 he became Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, where he remained until 1983.

Fraser has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe, the United States and Japan. He continued to exhibit here throughout the fifties and sixties and at Paul Rosenberg, New York throughout the sixties and seventies. Amongst his other early one-man shows were exhibitions at Galerie Craven, Paris (1957) and at Gimpel-Hanover Gallery, Zurich (1967).

Fraser showed extensively at the Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames between 1977 and 1994, and at Gallery 10, London and the CCA Gallery, London, from the eighties. Much of his last work was commission-based for corporation collections throughout Europe.


1953 `British Romantic Painting in the 20th Century`, Gimpel Fils, London

1957-8 `Six British Painters`, held in Chicago, Buffalo and Ottawa

1963 `British Art Today`, held at the Dallas Museum of Art and touring to Santa Barbara and San Francisco

1977 `25 Years of British Painting`, held at the Royal Academy

1980 `Ten British Painters`, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1995 `British Landscape Painting`, Hong Kong

1997 `Royal Academicians in Dubrovnik`, organised by the British Council

Donald Hamilton Fraser was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1970, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1983 and was elected Royal Academician in 1985 (ARA 1975). He was a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission from 1986 to 2000, Honorary Curator of the Royal Academy from 1992 to 2000 and a Trustee of the Royal Academy from 1994 to 2000. He is Vice-President of the Royal Overseas League and the Artists’ General Benevolent Institution. Donald Hamilton Fraser lives and works in Henley-on-Thames.


2000 W H Patterson Fine Art, London

1998 City Gallery, London

1996 A T Kearney Corporation, London

1994-97 New Academy Gallery, London (two exhibitions)

1993 Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh

1990-92 Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo (two exhibitions)

1988-97 Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh (three exhibitions)

1987-94 CCA Gallery, London (six exhibitions)


HM The Queen

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

City Art Gallery, St Louis, Missouri

Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut

Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California

Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, Connecticut

National Gallery, New South Wales, Melbourne

Arts Council of Great Britain

British Government Art Collection

City Art Galleries:

Hull, Nottingham, Reading, Cheltenham, Southampton, Guildford


Gauguin’s `Vision after the Sermon`, Cassell, London, 1968

`Dancers`, Phaidon Press, Oxford, 1989