Scott Fraser (b. 1957, Evanston, Illinois) is one of America’s leading realist still life painters. He is celebrated for his extraordinary technical precision, humorous subject matter, and strongly balanced compositions. His process is labor intensive, and he is dedicated to the integrity of observational painting, meaning his works take months to complete. Inspired by art history, Fraser mixes a classical approach to painting with contemporary subject matter and innovative compositions. He incorporates historical vanitas symbols and juxtaposes them with whimsical found objects like flying goldfish, matchboxes, and popcorn. Fraser establishes a key interplay between classic and modern art, participating in the progression of realism and the distinct vernacular of still life painting.
Fraser recently ended his solo exhibition Earthly Delights at Jenkins Johnson Gallery. His work is in major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the De Young Museum in San Francisco; the Denver Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. His work has been reviewed in publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle, ARTnews, Art Daily, and The Denver Post, among others. Fraser lives and works in Longmont, Colorado.