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A Contemporary Style of Miniature Painting

March 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Olivia Fraser

Date:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Time:  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Venue: AC 01 LR 206 [Old Academic Block]

Olivia Fraser discusses her journey as an artist that ultimately found inspiration in the Indian miniature painting tradition. She highlights the traditional materials and techniques that her style is grounded in, as well as the themes from Indian art and literature that different paintings evoke. She discusses the graphic sense that lend her paintings a contemporary and global twist.

After graduating with a MA in Modern Languages from Oxford University, Olivia spent a year at Wimbledon Art College before moving to India in 1989. She has had numerous single and group shows in the UK, India and Nepal. During the 1990s, she painted architecture and people, following in the footsteps of her ancestor, James Baillie Fraser, who painted Indian landscapes and monuments in the early 1800s. She has also illustrated her husband William Dalrymple’s books, in particular City of Djinns. She has written and illustrated a children’s book for an Indian NGO that promotes childhood literacy, Made in India, published by Pratham.

In the recent decades, she has studied the traditional Indian miniature painting technique under Jaipur and Delhi masters, and now uses this in her work with its gem-like stone colours, its unique miniature brushwork and its elaborate decorative and burnished surfaces. Having been especially influenced by Nathdwara Pichwai painting in recent years, Olivia has been exploring its visual language, honing it down to create one of her own that seeks to convey the very essence of the Rajasthani tradition. She teaches a bi-annual miniature painting course in Jaipur. Her works are in public and private collections all over the world including India, Australia, Singapore, UK, Belgium and USA.


March 13
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm