David Frazer – at Castlemaine Art Museum

In News March 12, 2023

Image above: David Frazer  Love Letter (Panels I & II) (detail)  2020  linocut  99.5 x 148.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

A new exhibition at Castlemaine Art Museum, For the Love of Song, will explore a new collaboration between renowned printmaker David Frazer and Australian and international songwriters.

Castlemaine Art Museum’s (CAM) beautiful heritage-listed Sinclair Gallery comes alive with a passionate and unique collaboration between renowned printmaker and local artist David Frazer and some of the most iconic Australian and international songwriters of a generation: Paul Kelly (Aus); Don Walker (Aus); Nick Cave (Aus/UK); Nick Lowe (UK) and Tom Waits (USA).

CAM presents Frazer’s handmade books and prints, lit up from the sky above. For the Love of Song includes handmade illustrated books, endorsed and signed by the recording artists, as well as a huge suite of linocuts, broadsheets (images from the book), and Frazer’s wood blocks.

A kind of prayer  2021  linocut  edition of 50  51 x 45 cm. Courtesy the artist.


David Frazer has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, London and China. He has won many art awards locally and internationally including the 1st International Print Biennial in Guanlan China, the Cossack Art Award (invited artist category), the Broken Hill Outback Art Prize, honourable mention (International Print Biennial Exhibit, Taiwan) and 6 people’s choice awards. In 2019, he was the Australian Commissioner for the Ulsan International Woodcut Biennial in Korea.

He has been selected 3 times to hang in the Royal Academy of London Summer Exhibition. In 2007 the ABC produced a documentary on Frazer as part of the “Artist at Work” series. He has taught printmaking extensively here and overseas. Frazer lives and works in Castlemaine.



For the Love of Song: David Frazer with Kelly, Walker, Cave, Lowe and Waits
Castlemaine Art Museum
14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine Vic 3450
24 March – 28 May 2023


This exhibition will take place as part of the Castlemaine State Festival. 


David Frazer in his studio, courtesy Australian Galleries.