Before moving to India in 1989, Olivia Fraser did an MA in modern languages at Oxford and spent a year at Wimbledon Art College. Her ancestor, James Baillie Fraser, who commissioned the famed ‘Fraser album’ in company style in the 1800s, was a major source of inspiration behind her early work. In 2005, Fraser decided to study traditional indian miniature paintin technique under masters from Jaipur and Delhi. Influenced by the painted Pichhwais of Nathdwara and the awestrucking 19th century Jodhpur paintings, her group exhibitions include Venice Biennale, Kathmandu Arts centre, Nepal, India art fair, New Delhi and Art Basel, Hong Kong and two upcoming shows in New Delhi and New York among other places. With more than 10 solo exhibitions in India and abroad, her most recent solo exhibition was Olivia Fraser: The Lotus Within, 6th-26th June 2018, Grosvenor Gallery, London.
Her work deals with the idea of pilgrimage, sacred footprints and symbols, iconography. She writes “I was interested here in trying to merge one colour with the other, the red with the white, and merge one subject with another, the bees with the lotus, to create a union of these opposites and, through iterative patterning to explore the Indian artistic concept of ‘rasa’- of emotion, flavour, essence.... of scent”.