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Donald Fraser

DONALD GORDON FRASER  1921-2003

A Canadian from Northern Ontario who spent his working years at CBC and CTV in Toronto and retirement in rural eastern Ontario. A professional artist trained at the Ontario College of Art, who by day painted sets at the CBC TV studios  and by night taught life-drawing. A wayfarer drawn

to the back alleys and beer halls of mid-century Toronto, to capture decrepit faces as sepia ink drawings. An outdoorsman who plied the Don Valley and roamed  to Georgian Bay inlets and to the Kawartha Lakes, with fellow artists Jo Manning, Ross Robertshaw, Al Colton, Bill Hopkinson, Albert Chiarandini, & Ron Leonard, painting as they went. A man whose later years were spent with his wife Catherine near Madoc, Ontario amid the fields, the swamps and the stumps which he loved.

Born in Charlton, near Kirkland Lake in 1921, the son of a prospector, he died in his eighty-third year in 2003 in Madoc, after a life long struggle with the effects of diabetes. Fraser spent his early childhood in Florida and his highschool years in Bracebridge, Ontario.  He won a scholarship to study at the Ontario College of Art, so the family moved to a home on Huron Street in Toronto, where his mother took in boarders.

At the OCA Fraser studied under Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael, whose ideas he questioned, John Alfsen whom he esteemed for his figure-drawing skills, George Pepper and Yvonne McKague-Housser, finally graduating in 1944 with the Governor General's Award for Excellence.


All his life he was consumed by an infatuation with painting ; his subjects ranging from TTC passengers, pub regulars and native Canadian faces  to the rocks, gnarled trees and marshes of the Laurentian Shield. The vibrancy and intensity of his later oil paintings of  Northern Ontario inevitably suggests the lingering influence of the Group of Seven; but his models, he insisted were others also - Homer Watson, Horatio Walker,  David Milne and Rembrandt.

Fraser's career as an artist spanned teaching, working on stage sets, portrait commissions and a large body of his own paintings and drawings. Following graduation he joined the OCA faculty for five years. From 1955 to 1985 he worked in the Scenic Art Department at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he became adept at painting large and loose, creating back-drops for the televised shows. Hundreds of sketches he left behind record fellow workers on their  breaks.

15x60 CBC Set Stage For Black & White TV 1950's

 As well, throughout these years he was a  popular instructor of life-drawing at Northern Secondary School, of  portraiture at Danforth Technical School (night-classes) and  of landscape at the Mary and Roman Schneider School of Art in the summers.

Fraser's preoccupation was painting.  He exhibited as early as 1945, but his overwhelming focus was to draw and paint. He relinquished few pieces until he moved to Madoc.  Only then was he persuaded to give serious attention to selling his work, when Studio 737 Art Gallery became successful at finding many delighted purchasers. The year 1995 brought to Fraser  the honour of an invitation from Thierry Lefrancois, Director of the Museum of the New World in the city of LaRochelle, France to show fifty-two of his paintings in a five-month long solo exhibition. 

Throughout his life, Donald Fraser was his own person, uninterested in trends, but deeply engaged by the drama of daily life in the city and by the vibrancy of the natural  world.


Click the links below to read about Donald Frasers French Art Exhibit in 1995 - Including both French and the English versions.
English Brochure     French Brochure

A LOOK BACK TO THE REAL GROUP OF SEVEN

I found the following document where Don Fraser finally opens up about himself, if you look at the type it was done on an old manual typewriter, quite a while ago.  We won’t make any money by presenting this to everyone, BUT, knowledge and learning a little bit more about Canadian Art and the art instructions provided to Don by Franklin Carmichael, one of the founding members of the Group of Seven should be of interest to current and future art students. It  also contains some important information on the Group of Seven for everyone, as well as a number of other prominent Canadian Artists, he mentions.  So let Don take you back to the past, the 1940’s. I will provide a summation at the end. - Joe

Donald Frasers Own Words

Here was a young teenager, with no artistic background ordering a few books that drove this individual to perhaps one day become the most powerful and prolific and prominent Canadian Artist ever.  I don’t know how he landed up studying at the College of Art in the very early 1940’s.  Some individuals, have this God given talent inside of them and only need a vehicle to pull it out, the OCA helped him.

This may be the only critique on the Group of Seven that you will ever read!

Fraser, was dismissed as an instructor for writing and publishing a diatribe on the Group in the OCA newspaper, at the time. (If somebody can find this please forward it to me, It was published, just before he was asked to leave) (I know the National Gallery probably has it in their Fraser files.)

When we first opened, The Studio 737 Art Gallery north of Tweed, I called the Group of Seven paintings lumpy and bumpy (similar to what Don said, but a little more artistically in his second paragraph.)  Arja, would tell me that I shouldn‘t criticize their art, basically it was what everybody was trying to defend and protect, seven artists and the hell with the rest (my final page coming up will be a shocker to everyone.)

I just didn’t understand why it took seven artists to paint a painting!  What their notoriety did was basically to almost destroy Canadian Heritage through Canadian Art.   To be fair, I found Don Fraser’s painting to be dark and eyrie, because in a way I was ignorant and only liked realism.  I was never introduced to art but I learned and studied.  After 30 years here in Canada, I know more about the mechanics and financial advantages in purchasing Canadian Art than 99% of journalists out there, they won‘t even go there, for fear of being attacked by the wealthy perhaps they are waiting for this to hit the air, first.

I can only imagine how Mr. Fraser felt, when OCA let him go.  Most artists are sensitive, he did not condemn them for giving him the boot, read how he talks about it.  He used to exhibit at the Thompson Galleries in Toronto, just like members of the Group.  Don Fraser tried to stress the fact that all these members of the Group were illustrators during the day, they needed a pay check as does everyone.  They drew sales advertisements for Simpson Sears and the other stores illustrating, gloves, mittens, hats and fur coats and appliances, they tried to sell!  They did not have colour advertising or fancy computers and printers, back then.  

On their time off, YES, they painted on small 10x12 sketch boards that you will find in most auctions selling for $25,000 to $50,000, creating larger masterpieces in their studios from these SKETCHES.  These Seven were considered SACRED and Canada’s Millionaires and Billionaires got behind them only for the money and now their investments may really crumble, once the Canadian Art Establishments finally allow Mr. Fraser to become acknowledged as a definite link to those Seven by Dr. Lefrancois.

These wealthy individuals, did everything possible, to cease the ability for Mr. Fraser to exhibit his work in Toronto and you will shortly read, it still continues to date.  It was all of their losses and probably the reason why Don went into seclusion painting for himself. You simply don’t have a Canadian art collection without a Donald Gordon Fraser in it!  Just try to go out and find one-GOOD LUCK.

When I entered his home near Queensboro, Ontario,  I was floored over 800 oils on masonite panels from 20x24 to 36x48 up in the attic.  These were not sketches but masterpieces practically every one done plein-air on location and all signed. Over 2,000 watercolours and his famous sepia sketches of Torontonians, derelicts, rabbi’s, you name it, all the characters that he found as interesting to paint, they made Toronto what it is. 

Yes, we did hit the jackpot!  I only met Don about 10 times during the course of our relationship and Arja now only owns two Fraser paintings,  so really we are not loading the gallery with his work alone.  I know a few pieces will be coming in, one of those probably his best Cabbagetown piece ever painted, I’ve confirmed that with the owner.  We had to sell all of the Don Fraser paintings we owned, just to keep Studio 737 afloat for the sake of all our artists, to remain in business.

Yes, Don also had a day job at CBC and CTV just like the Group, you have seen some of that work above and he too painted whenever and wherever, he was nothing more than an “Artistic Genius”, ambidextrous with the drive inside of him to constantly paint.  From 1990 to 2010  we sold approximately 1,300 of Mr. Donald Gordon Fraser’s paintings.  This is an unheard of amount of paintings. (THESE WERE HIS BEST WORKS, I MADE SURE OF IT)  (we returned what we couldn’t sell back to his family in 2010, there are a few galleries trying to sell those remnants.  You can only see about 75 out of 1,300 of his works on his page. (FOR THOSE OWNING A FRASER PIECE, GO TO THE VERY END FOR INSTRUCTIONS). There are at least 1,300,  “PIECES OF EIGHT”, out there to be had, we sold these while other galleries sold worthless signed and numbered reproductions and museums ignored the inevitable.  You can’t hide from the truth as all of you have seen in both brochures and sold items on his pages.

Individuals, must realize that money controls everything and everybody, that includes politicians of ALL parties, nobody is exempt.  Mr. Fraser is now part of Canada’s Historical Culture whether you like it or not!  Dr. Thierry Lefrancois, Director of the New World Museum at LaRochelle, France, holds a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the Louver in Paris.  In 1995, he, linked Mr. Donald Gordon Fraser directly to the Group of Seven (in that French Brochure above). 

Now take a look at this the Final Document, being presenting to all of you below.  It is an absolute JOKE!  Where the hell do Canadian and American Museum directors get their credentials?  This director in France, was so moved by Mr. Fraser’s work he himself drafted that entire Brochure, he did tell us, that he wanted the French Art Students to learn his technique.  Not only did Don’s work remind him of the books and drawings of early French explorers in his museum, but his powerful style perhaps brought back Van Gogh, Rembrandt and the other early masters he himself studied at the Louver.  Only thing was he had access to around 3,000 pieces of art, all in one place and not scattered around the world. This has never happened before in the entire world, the proof is in his art! 

That place of course was:  THE STUDIO 737 ART GALLERY!

I’ve been sitting on this document for quite a while along with every document regarding Mr. Fraser that Studio 737 became involved with and there were dozens to several Prime Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Governor General.  I turned copies of everything over to CTV’s W-5 Host , Mr. Kevin Newman, in hopes that they could do a piece on Canadian Art and Mr. Fraser instead of two meaningless articles on “Dead Chickens”, we all still eat chicken time to do something for our living artists.  I believe an entire episode on Canadian Art would really enlighten Canadians, so far it is not happening perhaps this will move thing along.   CTV and CBC are both controlled by the wealthy, they are consumed with non Canadian subject matter. They would rather talk about American politics, Russia, which has been a two year hoax instead of telling Canadians the truth about everyday Canadians the REAL news that is out there and of course all of your  Heritage through Canadian Art.  I’ll give them a great story here! 

All of you have first hand information, lets see how truthful they are in what they actually present on Television or will they be as ignorant as CNN, CNBC and the rest.

I guess every artist reading this should find the above totally abhorrent, it is shocking!  Here we have the Group of Seven first turned on by Ton Thompson, then they travel to the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo where they are further influenced by the style of European Impressionists.  They start teaching their own individual style of impressionism at the OCA and God only knows how many students were under their tutorship. 

Donald Gordon Fraser and others themselves were students and also became art instructors, they continued what the Group tried to do, that was to Inspire ALL artists to paint. Mr. Fraser also painted with dozens of his artistic friends influencing their work as well, including my wife, Arja.   These imbeciles that run Canada’s Museums of culture have absolutely no right, to terminate Canadian Impressionism as you have read above! I won’t let them, hopefully with all of your help they will be terminated.

MR. DONALD GORDON FRASER HAS BEEN THE ONLY LIVING CANADIAN ARTIST TO HAVE EVER HAD A MUSEUM EXHIBITION OUTSIDE OF CANADA!!

*At first, he actually turned down this event.  Mr. Charles Hill and Chrétien, knew this fact!  Perhaps that is why they both ignored this exhibit, it wasn’t sanctioned by the Canadian Government.*

He beat David Milne’s exhibit in England by 11 years and the Groups a few years later!  How much did the Canadian Government shell out for these two shows?  Mr. Fraser’s didn’t cost Canadians a dime, the French Government paid for it, 

I guess they just didn‘t want to get tangled by the Influence of the Canadian Government! Maybe they just wanted the real deal!  

SO NOW DO THESE MUSEUM DIRECTORS HERE IN CANADA, REALLY CARE ABOUT MR. FRASER, promoting his work like they did with the Group, how much more can I say in public except where did all of these museum directors and art critics get your credentials?  Are all  of you BLIND!  I‘ll bet it wasn‘t at the Louver in Paris?   Heck no!  The Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario is an American, that I have already asked Premier Ford to remove, Ontario should be able to find one of their own to run this prestigious museum, besides Mrs. Wynne brought this individual in from Hawaii, knowing fully his background lies with ABSTRACT ART , he is here to promote it, for the very wealthy.  The director of the National Gallery again, working all over the United States in the field of ABSTRACT ART!  I’ll come back to abstract art in a bit.

I retired from the United States Navy in 1988, at the Naval Base Argentia Newfoundland. Beautiful Province and fantastic down to earth people. I met Arja along the way.  We were driving through Ontario, back to Arja’s home of Toronto, when we found this home and business combination on highway #7 near #37, thus our name.  I had an accounting background so I took care of the books.  I told Arja, I did not come to Canada to go to Jail, so never take a cash sale or somebody owns, you and it will come back to bite you in the end! 

 By the way, I still don’t want to go to jail for telling the truth herein and if anyone tries to stop this in any way, it further proves that what I am providing ALL CANADIAN TAXPAYERS for the past 75 years or so, is totally correct and can be backed up!

With that military background, I knew how important Mr. Fraser’s exhibit would be to the Canadian people so I drafted correspondence to both Prime Minister  Chrétien and his ambassador in France, trying to have them open attend the opening of his exhibit.  They both said they were too busy? I guess there was only one person working in that French Embassy.  So, Arja and myself (an American) flew to France to represent the Canadian people.  

Mr. Charles Hill, the Director of the National Gallery, was publishing his Book on the Group of Seven in 1995, the year of Mr. Fraser’s, exhibition in France.  How could he ever promote an artist that would destroy his fable?  The Group’s influence even causing an artist more powerful than any one of them in his book, to be ignored by both Chrétien and Hill! I tried with other Prime Ministers, including the current PMO, again to no avail.  

I guess dawning a space suit and flying to outer space is more important then what is happening here down here on earth.  MAYBE EVERYBODY IS WAITING FOR ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS TO BRING BACK SOME, “MOON DUST” TO SPRINKLE ON THEIR HEADS TO ENLIGHTEN THEM,  PERHAPS AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT FOR CANADIAN ART CRITICS, who I‘m sure will twist this all around, you can‘t change History, I don‘t care who you are. 

NOW FOR THE INTERESTING PART to ALL CANADIAN TAXPAYERS!

Everyone should open up Canada’s Cost Allowance, Section 8 it deals with Canadian Art, read it all the way through.  At the beginning it tells you that so long as the piece is done by a Canadian costing over $200, it can be purchased by a company, corporation or even an art investor and can be deducted for tax purposes over a 5 year period.  In other words CANADIAN ART IS FREE!!!  On the backs of Canadian Taxpayers.  Of course,  they have to add it as one of their assets.  Many companies never last 5 years, and the assets are disbursed at whatever they can receive.  Yes, it could just disappear, after being written off on the backs of taxpayers..

I guess 75 years ago, somebody had a great idea!  It was to help promote the work of Canadian Artists, it was sincere but today these same companies, corporations and individuals may have written off artwork to the tune of Hundreds of Thousands of dollars and in some cases over a million ON ALL OF OUR TAXPAYER BACKS!  This should really tick off some people but standby, we really get whacked as I go along!

Part of CC#8, is where Museums across Canada can accept certain pieces of artwork and give the donor an income tax receipt for their donation. Yep! Buy it for free, donate it for $.  Of course, the asset may have originally cost $1,000, now the income tax receipt is awarded for $25,000 that would mean that whoever donated the item owes Revenue Canada $24,000 for the profit BUT hold on REVENUE CANADA has absolutely no idea about Canadian Art.  

It’s true, you are all computer literate, there is no program big enough to hold every piece of artwork created here in Canada for the past 150 years.  Revenue Canada, counts on your honesty. How many of you would go against Revenue Canada and the Finance Minister, Mr. Bill Morneau?  None of you! but I will! 

Mr. Morneau, you know what is going on regarding the Sale of Canadian Art right across Canada.  I’m not afraid of any repercussions from our web-site.  You tax my military pension that I earned serving my Country, that is okay, I live here, I don’t own a vehicle or anything else, I just manage the Studio 737 Art Gallery for my wife, I am not paid and I have fought to bring justice for Canadian Artists for these past thirty years and will continue to do so, here in Barrie.  Now what about YOU? 

But I refuse to allow you or the Prime Minister to use my tax revenues to allow this type of activity that in SOME cases can be criminal, with nobody stopping it.

I don’t know what other Canadian taxpayers will do, but collectively they may just have a voice.  It would be a big embarrassment for you or the Prime Minister to go after us for telling the truth about Canadian Art.  I think Mr. Chrétien’s no show in France, was already a big embarrassment, for Canada!

CANADIAN JOURNALISTS SHOULD GO INTO THIS STORY ON HOW THE WEALTHY ARE LEGALY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THOSE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ART AND ITS ADVANTAGES, INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING CNN, CNBC, AND ALL THE WHACKO TELEVISION STATIONS IN THE U.S.A. FEEDING BS ON TRUMP AND THE RUSSIANS

It is paramount, that this area of Revenue Canada be repaired. It hurts everyone including the rich!

I sent an article to CBC back about 5 years ago, regarding this information.  One of their Journalists, I believe it was Rick M… was following up and reported that Jean Chrétien received a $25,000 Income tax receipt for his donation to the National Gallery at the same time a Canadian actress received a $50,000 income tax receipt for hers.  The story did not include just what art was donated but all of a sudden the article disappeared.  If an Income Tax Receipt is generated by one of these institutions, an attorney can no longer protect any donor.  The donation belongs to the people of Canada and journalists who are digging into a story can not be curtailed in their efforts and no longer does the previous owner have any say in the matter, the individual received a proper payment, case closed.  

So all of you Journalists working on this story or perhaps find everything herein interesting have a ball.  You can retrieve all this information and cannot be prohibited by anyone shielding their practices.  I sure hope for Mr. Chrétien’s sake it wasn’t a Group of Seven donation!

First off:  The National Gallery alone boasts an art collection of 80,000 pieces, Museums in every Province have formulated art collections and offered income tax receipts as well. How many of these donations were provided an income tax receipt?  Who, and what board is allowing these generous income tax receipts, millions and millions being deducted against all Canadian taxpayers right across Canada? This has to be totally investigated.  Just to cover what they are doing they formulate a board to cover their actions, this has never been disputed until today!

If, they are using current or past art auction results to make their determination to value, all of it is bogus!  Mr. Morneau, you are not responsible for what has transpired in the past, nobody is except for Prime Minister Trudeau he alone is guilty, because I informed him and not you two years ago, I will get into that in a minute.

Second:  Mr. Morneau, Art Auctioneers, charge what is known as a, “ BUYER FEE” why is this allowed ???  If you need a refrigerator, you go to a store and its SALE! SALE! Signs everywhere, they beg you to make the purchase.  Because Auctioneers in many commodities charge this buyers fee it is not included in the price of the item. (You cannot place Original  Canadian Art on Sale! THIS BUYERS FEE NOW BECOMES AN EXPENSE ELEMENT THAT CAN BE WRITTEN OFF IMMEDIATELY AGAIN AGAINST CANADIAN TAXPAYERS!  Therefore, if museums are using these auction results they are ripping off donors as well?

These art auctioneers have turned their place of businesses into art galleries, but have been protected by the very wealthy and politicians across the board.  What they actually do is give the appearance that art is valuable!  Yes, you can go back to the 1950’s and find auction catalogues all the way until  the most current auction.  You will find, the same paintings being offered for sale time and again, therefore the appearance of making art more and more valuable.  (No need for any forgeries this way as well), the prices of course continue to go up.  Mr. Morneau, Revenue Canada does have a computer program big enough to enter every Canadian piece of art ever auctioned here in Canada!  It has the  ability to make sure the buyers and sellers have correctly reported their profits in each case.  Not only that you can cross reference it to the Museums across Canada! You can recoup millions and millions for Canadian taxpayers.

Mr. Morneau, you must immediately take action to cease the use of any type of “buyer fee’s” in any auction and for all commodities, it must be prohibited on the day this hits your desk or you too are guilty of an injustice to those like me, who do pay Canadian Income Tax.  (I also have to pay U.S. income tax as well)  Auctioneers, have abused Revenue Canada by allowing this Buyer Fee, knowingly that it would be an expense element and they cannot be awarded any time to adjust their next sales, it doesn‘t matter what the rest of the world does! The consignee must bear the brunt of any auction expenses and not the buyer, perhaps we will even have more competition in this area and more and more artist works will come up for auction, instead of the same over and over again.

As for Prime Minister Trudeau, about two years ago there were articles written in the press about the, “ Panamanian Papers”, where the wealthy were stashing their riches in off shore accounts.  I countered PMO Trudeau and told him he was guilty of the “Canadian Papers” if he didn’t curtail the above museum generosity!  I sent this out via email to hundreds of artist and art associations across Canada, no guts, no glory as they say, artists never moved on it, perhaps now they might, you artists need to info me with your correspondence, I‘ll give it to the press.

Mr. Morneau in that piece I recommended correcting CC#8 by providing a maximum art deduction in both ways of only $10,000.  This figure made sense to me. Taxpayers may not like this figure  but it keeps the integrity of which the original designers were after:  PROMOTING LIVING CANADIAN ARTISTS!  Seventy five years ago their weren’t that many that passed away, so we must assume 75 years latter that was the intended motivation that these politicians were after.

In other words after your action, museums will no longer be able to grant an amount over $10,000 for any donation and those rules will be tightened by Revenue Canada. PROCEDURES FOR THESE MUSEUMS TO ALLOW INCOME TAX RECEIPTS MUST BE ADDRESSED NOW.

No longer could any company, corporation or individual be allowed more than a $10.000 deduction on their income taxes depreciated over a 5 year period.  In the case of a million dollar painting  purchased at auction or from a gallery only  $10,000 would be allowed to be deducted from your income tax, this would be quite complicated. 

EVEN EASIER! any piece of art costing over $10,000 can no longer be deducted on the backs of Canadian taxpayers.  Now, that sounds better, it may hurt some of Don Fraser’s sales, but what is fair is fair to all! 

The purpose of CC#8, WAS TO PROMOTE living CANADIAN ARTISTS AND NOT INVESTORS who go after those artists that are no longer here and are singled out as the Canada’s best  art investments, this is not the stock market, don‘t make it work like one on the backs of taxpayers! 

By correcting this problem it would promote the living artists works in this way.  If somebody purchased a $1,000 painting from Studio 737 and hung it in their home for 20-30 years perhaps their heirs would be able to receive an amount somewhere under the 10K threshold where the purchaser at an auction or gallery would be willing to re- purchase the item using the depreciation under the new rules you enact because it falls below that 10K threshold, you could make that totally legal, it would be a win for everybody.  Millionaires and Billionaires do not purchase $1,000 pieces of art!  

Therefore, more Auction Houses, would have to go after a wider variety of artists.  I’m not trying to destroy the auction business, actually it would make their practices equal across the board, showing all Original Canadian Art more valuable instead of a select few.  Millionaires and Billionaires will still try to outdo each other on the expensive items, they just won’t be able to do it on the backs of Canadian Taxpayers, they don‘t need to. 

THERE IS NO GUARANTEE  A PIECE OF ART WILL BE WORTH $1,000,000 

Finally, Prime Minister Trudeau, I also mentioned in that email to you, that the only retail establishments that both the Federal and Provincial Government compete against are Art Galleries such as Studio 737, WHY?.  Both governments provide, libraries, museums, hospitals, etc, the space for artists to exhibit their works.  There are many more and they all provide heat, hydro, employees parking and even advertising in some cases.  I guess both the Federal and Provincial Governments acting in unison can repair the damage to Canadian Heritage through its Art and thus end the one sided complicated menagerie that is out there, Studio 737 and other art galleries like ours need to succeed and not be hampered with all this hidden red tape that currently exists, so take that away.  Perhaps many more art galleries will be born after Journalists do what they went to school to do and that is to be fair and honest and to be proud of their reporting.

These Federal and Provincial institutions should hang the works of amateurs and not professional artists.  As a gallery manager, I feel bad when I have to turn somebody away, but there is only so much space and we need to maintain our integrity by exhibiting as many professional artists that we can, many who hang their work in other galleries and we are now bringing many of those artists here to Barrie under our roof.  We need to show our local customers, that they have access to artists that are exhibited in Toronto, Ottawa and from coast to coast, including a few from the local area.

To the people in Kleinberg, if the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery are permitted to dismiss Canadian Impressionism you should look to selling that property therefore reducing property taxes for all.  That Group of Seven museum should no longer be permitted to exist for the sake of the wealthy purchasing that art.

In our opening here in BARRIE, we do not want to be controversial.  Everybody asks me why at 70 do I want to manage another gallery.  As you have read above, why not, this irritates me to no end and should irritate everyone reading it pro or con.  Studio 737 has always did a lot more for our artists, then just opening the door and letting the cash register ring like so many others do.  Besides, I like to look at all of the art.

No, gallery would stick their neck out as I have done, maybe they do not want Revenue Canada breathing down their backs.  We were audited by Revenue Canada in 1990, as I mentioned above I have an accounting background.  They came in and checked the mechanics, one of the invoices they looked at was a $40,000 sale of a 16x20 Jean Paul Riopelle.  That painting today would be worth a quarter of a million.  They never examined it or wrote down the buyer or even where it came from, hence my statement above that Revenue Canada has no idea about any Canadian Art unless it is brought to their attention by an owner.  We also have a private accounting firm that we pay to make sure our inputs are correct and to file both Arja’s an my income taxes.

We retail Canadian Art to Canadians, I don’t care about the wealthy or politicians, they know where to find us.  I hope I did not step on any ones toes outside of two Prime Ministers and the PMO should always be whacked around for his actions PRO and CON from his constituents to make sure Canada continues to succeed.

For the people here in Barrie:  We have already lined up a great stable of living artists and we have at least four who have passed on who are not that expensive as one may think and yes, these museum directors will have to move on and allow new directors interested in promoting Canadian Impressionism, besides it takes all kinds of styles to make art what it is.  ART!

Getting back to abstract art as I mentioned above.  Go online, and pull up the work of Jean Paul Riopelle, his million dollar paintings, squirted out of paint tubes.  They do look nice and colourful, but there is nothing Canadian about each piece, just that the artist is Canadian! The 16x20 we sold was one of his early works, he just squirted paint on the canvas. Go now to Jack Bush, quarter to a half a million each, you really will have a laugh, the wealthy individuals purchasing this stuff have been had.  Go, now to my page, over 100 paintings all abstract compare the prices?  I even published a book with 34 of my abstract paintings inside, its in the Library of Congress and mentioned on my page.  I will let all these art critics blast me away for my art but not for what I have said, none of the others have published a book, at least, I don’t think, pulling a CNN statement here, Fake News, maybe.

To all Canadian Journalists, statistics place Canada as the 3rd best place to live in the world.  Canadians, are not bickering like they are in the States so everyone should be happy here, I am.  It’s time for you Journalists to act like Canadians, most of you were born here.  Sometimes, it takes somebody from outside, that knows what he is talking about to wake individuals up, I hope I did that here.  It is a worthy cause to fight for!


Works by Donald Fraser

Kensigton Market Area 1970
  • Size: 24 x 30
  • Medium: Oil
  • $17,500.00
Old Farmhouse at Cooper 4 Sep 1977
  • Size: 15x18
  • Medium: Watercolour
  • $2,000.00
Flaming Maples at Buckhorn
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
  • $4,500.00
River, Rocky Landscape
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $4,250.00
The Old Geezer
  • Size: 14x10
  • Medium: Sepia
  • $895.00
The Forks of the Turtle, Algonquin Park
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
  • $2,850.00
Old Beech near Uxbridge
  • Size: 30x39
  • Medium: Oil
Maplewoods in October
  • Size: 33x40
  • Medium: Oil
Spring Maples
  • Size: 36x48
  • Medium: Oil
Palmrston Street Alley
  • Size: 32x36
  • Medium: Oil
Cabbagetown Backyard
  • Size: 24x32
  • Medium: Oil
The Poet
  • Size: 40x30
  • Medium: Oil
Portrait of Katherine (Don's Wife)
  • Size: 24x20
  • Medium: Oil
Fraser Self Portrait
  • Size: 24x20
  • Medium: Oil
A Meeting of Minds
  • Size: 11x16
  • Medium: Sepia
Siesta
  • Size: 13x10
  • Medium: Sepia
Organ Grinder
  • Size: 17x14
  • Medium: Mixed
The Bent Tree
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Cranberry Marsh near Apsley
  • Size: 33x40
  • Medium: Oil
Marsh Lake 1971
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
White Pine Stumps Georgian Bay
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Rocky Inlet Lovesick Lake
  • Size: 33x40
  • Medium: Oil
A Sacred Moment
  • Size: 17x14
  • Medium: Sepia
Rainbow Lake near Tweed
  • Size: 30x36
  • Medium: Oil
Apple Tree on an Abandoned Farm
  • Size: 40x33
  • Medium: Oil
Skootamata River at Actinolite
  • Size: 24x25
  • Medium: Oil
The Rabbi
  • Size: 14x10
  • Medium: Sepia
Heart to Heart Talk
  • Size: 10x14
  • Medium: Sepia
Sumach & Queen Street
  • Size: 14x17
  • Medium: Watercolour
Queen Street
  • Size: 15x17
  • Medium: Watercolour
Dancing Poplar
  • Size: 24x20
  • Medium: Oil
Haeberlins Pond near Tweed
  • Size: 35x40
  • Medium: Oil
Winter in Algonquin
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Winter Shadows
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Autumn Splendor on the River
  • Size: 30x36
  • Medium: Oil
Sunset Georgian Bay
  • Size: 18x21
  • Medium: Oil
Sensitive Fingers
  • Size: 18x12
  • Medium: Sepia
Friends
  • Size: 14x10
  • Medium: Sepia
Melancholy
  • Size: 16x14
  • Medium: Sepia
Burleigh Falls 1974
  • Size: 28x32
  • Medium: Oil
Stream Eastern Township PQ
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
March Winds at Buckhorn
  • Size: 19x23
  • Medium: Oil
Stream at Bon Echo
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Gatineau Sugar Shack
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Tea Lake, Algonquin Park
  • Size: 33x40
  • Medium: Oil
Rocky Pool near Bancroft
  • Size: 22x26
  • Medium: Oil
Cabbagetown Night Scene
  • Size: 25x39
  • Medium: Oil
Old King Street Store
  • Size: 38x30
  • Medium: Oil
King & Jarvis 1960
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Cold and Bleak November Day
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Abutment Prices Conservation Area
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
King City 1955
  • Size: 27x32
  • Medium: Oil
Scarlet Maples
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Rokies Road Rapids near Tweed
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Flinton Swamp
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Thinkers
  • Size: 11x17
  • Medium: Sepia
Portait of Walter Lynn
  • Size: 27x23
  • Medium: Oil
Winter in Buckhorn
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Desolation
  • Size: 33x40
  • Medium: Oil
The Bridge at Buckhorn
  • Size: 33x39
  • Medium: Oil
Lone Pine Gatineau Hills
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Poplar Grove at Rockcroft
  • Size: 18x22
  • Medium: Oil
Burleigh Falls
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Haunted House
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Abandoned Farm in November
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
March Sunlight
  • Size: 12x16
  • Medium: Oil
Mill at Keene
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Sugar Shack near Tweed
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Quebec Farmyard
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Rough Waters on the Skootamatta
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil
Stream near Coe Hill
  • Size: 15x12
  • Medium: Oil
March Breakup near Bobcaygeon
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Winter Set
  • Size: 28x34
  • Medium: Oil
Marsh in Algonquin Park
  • Size: 18x21
  • Medium: Oil
Northern Lake #2
  • Size: 24x30
  • Medium: Oil
Waterlilies on Black River
  • Size: 18x22
  • Medium: Oil
Sunny Afternoon near Flinton
  • Size: 35x40
  • Medium: Oil
Skootamata Rapids
  • Size: 30x36
  • Medium: Oil
The Checker Player
  • Size: 20x24
  • Medium: Oil

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