Sharp lines

Sussex Life|June 2020

Sharp lines
A lifetime’s fascination with the sharp lines of geometric patterns led Arundel-based Fraser Renton to create a kaleidoscopic collection of paintings and sculptures. Simone Hellyer speaks to the artist
Simone Hellyer

Many of us have felt inspired to put paint to canvas during lockdown, hopefully rediscovering long-lost talents or finding a mindful way to pass the hours in the process. And many professional artists have found the past few months to be a productive time too.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak this year’s Sussex Art Fairs show at Goodwood had to be cancelled, so Arundel-based founder and artist Fraser Renton has been using the extra time to create work for next year’s show.

“Recently, I produced my curvy-edged range – linear geometrics within circular panels and framework. Along with my new origami-style concept Jagular art, I have been working on designing a new range of interconnecting triptych works, all of which should be available by late summer,” he says.

Originally from Edinburgh, Fraser moved to Arundel in 2015 where he now creates paintings, digital images and sculpture. Fraser’s artistic style is inspired by geometry and has developed throughout his life, helped by a creative and very varied career. He travelled the world as a contemporary dancer in the 1990s, before progressing to dance and stage management – a career that saw him create stage props, backdrops and promotional material. During the dot-com boom he moved into website design, teaching himself graphic design skills that he later used to make art.

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