Christian Price Frazer

I have always known I was an artist.
Creating has always come very naturally to me. My creative energy is directed into my paintings.  Painting, for me, is the act of putting whatever is on my mind onto canvas. It is the process of capturing an idea or vision that has embedded itself into my consciousness and using it to create a tangible piece of art.  I am frequently drawn to paint the human form, birds, nests and abstract shapes. My creative process begins with an idea. From there I develop a sketch, move on to a paint/color study and finally to the canvas. Ideas come to me very quickly. To accommodate them, I work on several pieces concurrently.  When an idea hits, I must get it started immediately to maintain the integrity of the image.  Once this process begins, I work quite deliberately and consciously while employing traditional techniques combined with more innovative methods. My primary mediums include acrylic and oil, but often times the work require that I utilize additional mediums including pastels, charcoal, natural gemstones or ink.  I custom mix my own colors, glazes, and textures - which are applied in many layers to accomplish the multi-dimensional effects my work requires.Many of my current new works implement a technique known as sgraffito. Sgraffito comes from the Italian word “sgraffire”, meaning to scratch. When utilizing sgraffito, the top layer of color is scratched to reveal the color beneath. Or, as in my new works, the words beneath.  In this body of work, the sgraffito reveals a series of prayers and wishes. While the majority of the words are purposely illegible, my overall goal is to infuse each painting with a spiritual energy. It is a goal I hope you agree I have accomplished.I am truly grateful for the opportunity to create art. People often ask me how I come up with all of my ideas. The truth is - generating ideas has never been a problem for me. The dilemma for me derives from having too many.


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Biography

Christian Price Frazer is an artist living and working in both Amarillo and Austin, Texas. She is formally trained in art and holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She has exhibited extensively in shows over the last 30 years. She primarily paints in acrylics and oils on canvas but has also created several large scale trompe l’oeil murals for commercial and residential applications. Frazer’s art reflects her love of natural gemstones, pearls and stones from the earth. She is currently pursuing Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Her art can be found in private and corporate collections across the U.S.  Christian is a past board member of the Amarillo Museum of Art and actively involved with the Amarillo and Austin art communities.

Influences: Robert Rauschenberg, Franz Kline, Willem deKooning, Mark Rothko, Piero Fornasetti, Sam Scott, 

Lucian Freud, Michelangelo

Gallery Affiliations:

Cerulean Gallery - Amarillo, TX

 Vida Gallery - Amarillo, TX

 Big Ass Canvas - Austin, TX

 Calhoun Sisters Pop Up Galleries - Austin, TX

 Haven Gallery - Austin, TX

 Education: 

 B.A. in Studio Art - University of Texas at Austin

 Currently pursuing Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

Recent Exhibitions:     

 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006,2005, 2004: AMoA 12x12 Art Show and Sale - Amarillo, TX

 2015, 2014, 2013: Big Ass Canvas Group Show - Austin, TX 

2013: Art of the New West: Group Show, Process Art House - Amarillo, TX

2013: Art of the New West: Group Show, Mary Moody Gallery WTAMU - Canyon, TX

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005: AMoA Panhandle Artists Hanging: Amarillo Museum of Art - Amarillo, TX

2012: National Museum of Women in the Arts Gala - Washington, D.C.

2012: Arts Pusher Project Expansion 1: Collaborating with Hunter Ingalls - Amarillo, TX

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008: Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6 x 6 Art Show and Sale - Rochester, NY

2011: Corner Art Space, Solo Exhibition - Amarillo, TX

2011: 806 Group Show - Amarillo, TX

2011, 2012: The Contemporary Austin 5 x 7 Show - Austin, TX

2010: Gray is Grey Solo Show - Amarillo, TX 

2010: Catalyst Art Group Show - Amarillo, TX 

2010: AMoA Recycled Show and Sale - Amarillo, TX 

2006, 2007: La Femme - Amarillo, TX

2004: Private Show for the National Women in the Arts Museum Board

Collections: 

Laura W. Bush Collection, Texas Tech Medical, Institute for Women's Health

Mary E. Bivins Foundation Collection: Childers Place Permanent Collection - Amarillo, TX

Texas Tech Laura W. Bush Institute For Women's Health Permanent Collection - Amarillo, TX

ArtBiz Corporate Office Permanent Collection

Pro-Ag Insurance Corporate Collection - Amarillo, TX

Price Futures Group Permanent Collection, Chicago, IL

H4M Corporate Office Collection - Austin, TX

Proffer Surgical Associates Permanent Collection - Amarillo, TX

Amarillo National Bank Executive Floor Permanent Collection 

Other private collections across the U.S. available on request

Professional Affiliations:

National Women in the Arts Museum, Washington, D.C.

The Contemporary Austin

Amarillo Museum of Art

Amarillo Art Alliance

The Young Collectors