Castlemaine artist David Frazer is renowned for fine wood engravings and linocuts which explore the frailties and intricacies of the human condition. His finely detailed prints, marked by finely tuned wit and careful observation of human interactions, capture moments of hope, loss and connection. 

Frazer creates his own distinctive impressions of rural Australia with subtle humour and masterful skill as a storyteller. His endearing depictions of ‘hopeless blokes’ and ‘lonely losers’ illustrate human emotion at its most vulnerable. Familiar Australian landscapes, devoid of figures, are imbued with a sense of loneliness and yearning as a metaphor for humankind’s most basic emotional needs. In an era of uncertainty and global change, Frazer’s poignant images articulate the importance of human connection and our desire to connect with the environment around us.  

The exhibition features wood engravings and linocuts from thpast two decades of Frazer’s practice. Also included are new wood engravings made as tribute to his distant relative, artist and printmaker Lionel Lindsay, of the famous artistic Lindsay family of Creswick. Frazer’s prints will be shown alongside a small selection of engravings by Lindsay from the Gallery’s collection.

Image: David Frazer, Another night on earth, 2013 (detail). linocut on paper © David Frazer and Australian Galleries


14 November 2020–8 March 2021

Under the Victorian Government’s rules regarding the safe opening of museums and galleries, the Gallery will be open to visitors from 14 November, in two ticketed sessions, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm daily.

Once visitors have reserved their free tickets, they will be able to enter the Gallery at any time during that session.

Tickets should be reserved in advance to avoid disappointment and visitors who arrive without a ticket risk missing out. Sessions not fully booked will be made available for walk-up visitors.

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Due to safety concerns the Art Gallery of Ballarat will not be presenting any public programs relating to this exhibition.

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