Lost, Wood engraving
Painter and printmaker David Frazer was the subject of an ABC 2007 television documentary entitled “Artist at Work” which described the inspiration for and the technique used in his wood engravings based on Murtoa in rural Victoria.
His new exhibition contains early and recent etchings, lithographs and wood engravings using the continuing theme of drought and economic depression and their effects on rural Australians. The highly detailed landscape is the setting for those suffering financial and social hardships and yet often there exists in the works an element of humour and optimism.
In “Another Night on Earth” a young man flies from an iconic Hills Hoist in the backyard of a dilapidated farmhouse. Is he chained to his family responsibilities in this drought-affected country or is he attempting to escape to ‘richer pastures’?
“Dream Away” shows a man sitting on a corrugated rooftop gazing with longing into the future while “The Load” is a far more pessimistic description of the weight of family obligations and restrictions on the young man’s shoulders.