Dawn Frasier, Seattle Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement .STATEMENT
People always tell me they want to “live in” my paintings. I’ve heard that over and over throughout the years, and can’t help but agree, because my art is a direct reflection of my dreams and passions. The bold Mid-century architecture I’ve always admired is reinterpreted and prominently featured in untamed tropical surroundings, along with my ever-present tiki motifs, creating a complimentary juxtaposition of primitive and modern influences. My watercolor and acrylic pieces are most often infused with misty combinations of blues, greens and browns, a palette that, for me, conjures up nostalgic images of grade school maps, vintage travel agency reception areas, and memories of my own travels.
The scenes that I create are meant to convey a sense of peace and solitude, places that exist mainly for private enjoyment and rejuvenation. Over the past two years especially, I feel I have made great strides in advancing and refining the expression of my unique vision. By working on a variety of new pieces each day, continually studying traditional Pacific art forms and fearlessly exploring new techniques and media, I am able to successfully recreate and share the beauty of the worlds that I discover between the realms of fantasy and reality.
Since the late 1980’s, Dawn Frasier's passion for tiki art has inspired her to create a vast and vibrant body of artwork. Dawn's unique expression of tiki is influenced by her active study of traditional Pacific art forms, and an obsession with mid-century modern design, as well as her extensive travels in the South Pacific .
In addition to her prolific studio work, over the years Dawn has designed and manufactured party favors, decorated homes and created award-winning art cars.
Her paintings have been presented in numerous group tiki shows throughout the US and abroad, and published in 'Taboo The Art of Tiki', and 'Tiki Art Now Volume 3'.
A 20-year resident of Seattle, Dawn is currently designing a vintage style aloha fabric line, and preparing ‘Tapa Designs of the Pacific', her copyright-free design book, for publication in 2011.