With commentary and essays from notables including Jean Stern and Martha Severens, all fine art connoisseurs should consider adding this recently released book to their shelves.
Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser is a beautiful book in both art and word that was recently released to the public. The book is a “stunning collection of the works of West Fraser, one of the nation’s most respected painters of representational art,” reports Helena Fox Fine Art. “A mastery of his medium and the scope of work ensure his place in Southern art history. A true son of the lowcountry, Fraser has dedicated much of his career to capturing the lush, primordial beauty of the Southeast’s coastal regions that have been altered by man and time. The 260 works in this book are representative of the sketches, studies, and finished paintings he has generated over his nearly forty-year career, works that depict coastal locales from Winyah Bay, South Carolina, to St. Augustine, Florida, and include Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, and the islands of the low country through the Golden Isles of Georgia.”
In addition to beautifully reproduced works by Fraser, essays and commentary from major figures in the art world are also included, such as Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum, and Martha Severens — a distinguished author, curator, scholar, and historian in South Carolina.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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