Letitia Fraser

Letitia Fraser is a recent graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design (BFA 2019). Her work explores family relationships and the life and culture of her ancestral community of North Preston, Dartmouth, NS.

Letitia Fraser

Biography

In 2016, Letitia incorporated pieces of quilt fabrics used by her grandmother Rosella ‘Mommay’ Fraser (a quiltmaker) in one of her oil paintings as a way to directly connect her portrait with her family traditions.  This initial work opened the idea of incorporating fabric more extensively as both the backdrop of her oil paintings and as a way of interpreting her subjects which has become a signature of her work. She illustrated a book titled The Journey Continues: An Atlantic Canada Black Experience by Craig Smith ISBN

Artist Statement

​My art is drawn from my experience as an African Nova Scotian woman. I take great pride in where I’m from and through my work I want to show my people as they are, not as they are projected to be. I employ used fabrics in my paintings in connection to the resourceful way my grandmother made quilts for her family. I’m inspired by the history, traditions, superstitions, faith and captured beautiful moments of my community.

Exhibitions

justin augustine painting of school girl on bike bicycle

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Mommay’s Patches – Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
2019

Northern Star – Recent works by Letitia Fraser MSVU Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

2019 Paintings and Quilts – Chase Gallery, Public Archives of NS  (BANNS)
2017 Kaiso – Halifax Commons, Caribbean Cultural Festival, Halifax Commons (BANNS)
2015 New Notes In The Pattern – Recent African Nova Scotian Art  Chase Gallery, Public Archives of NS (BANNS)
2014 Inspire – African Nova Scotian Youg Artists  Chase Gallery, NS Public Archives of NS (BANNS)
2010 Freedom Festival Art Exhibition – Alderney Landing, Dartmouth
justin augustine painting of school girl on bike bicycle

Book Illustrations

2019 Mommay’s Patches – Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
2019 Northern Star – Recent works by Letitia Fraser MSVU Art Gallery

Contact

 letitia@live.ca