“Life is a performance and art its most vital creative act”. – Brent Ray Fraser

About Artplosions

Bringing Up Brent

There’s a cacophony of crazy pop culture going on these days – a hot pot stew of steaming sexuality, oozing liberty and deliciously over-the-top individuality– and Brent Ray Fraser is making the most of it when making his art. Fraser is catching the light of this sexed-up, in-your-face, self-glorious digital age and turning it into a rainbow of colourful art pieces and novel performances crackling with pop energy and sensual pleasures. Twenty-first century creative freedom just found its cocky liberator.

Fraser’s theatricality is something to consider. Behind the scenes, there’s a strong arm tug-of-war going on between the shy, curious nerd that Fraser was as a kid and the risk-taking adult performance artist he has become: one works privately and diligently on his art; the other is tits-up and all for show. It’s a wonder there’s NO conflict between his aw-shucks gentleness and his brazen daredevil spirit. Fraser seems to resolve this challenge by using his whole body as part of his art process and by making his whole life into an art piece. In this way, he’s practicing the German ideal known as ‘GESAMTKUNSTWERK’ – “life as a total work of art”. Don’t worry about the pronunciation – it’s the ethos that matters. As Fraser himself has said, his talent is “a full-body experience”.

The Silo Studio

Fraser’s current work space is a key clue for understanding his creative efforts. Located down a windy backroad in the rural suburbs way outside Vancouver, the studio is an old grain silo that Fraser gutted and converted from scratch.

The space feels like a circus with Fraser as the ringmaster.

It’s a wild mix of Andy Warhol’s Factory and Pee Wee’s Playhouse. A sanctum for whatever pleasures fill an arrested-adolescent mind dreaming adult dreams of sexual independence. One particularly nice feature nestled amongst an array of pin-up photos is an old wooden curio cabinet endlessly stocked with chocolate bars, catering to the old and young at heart.

It’s not that the place is juvenile – rather, it’s theatrically nostalgic- a funky 70s-style carnival of visual pleasure and wild energy, splashed with colour and kitsch. With old metal muffin tins covering the ceiling and many walls, the room almost feel homespun save for the kink everywhere about – it’s as if Fraser was the lovechild of Martha Stewart and the Marquis de Sade.

BRF’s Motivations

You might be inclined to dismiss all this as the madcap delirium of an artist bent on his own weird ways. But Fraser is a careful observer of the contemporary art scene and well aware of the way many of its leading figures push their art to the edge. Or pushed in the case of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat – two artists that serve as guardian angels over much of Fraser’s output. But current power-Pop stars like Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons – with their over-the-top spectacles and highbrow critical favour – let Fraser do his own thing without reticence or regret. In his opinion, art is best served HOT. He uses sexuality as a lure and the result is a whole lot of subversively fun and erotically charged work.

In the current art market, the genre term for what Fraser is doing is Pop Surrealism. It’s a street art rebellion against the rules that art must be cold and dull – dryly intellectual – to qualify as highbrow. In this current age of excess when sex is so much part of the public square, why should art be tame? So Fraser is taking his audience for a walk on the wild side and liberating their love for the creative carnal spirit long buried under the boredom of polite art. Why would anyone want to stop him? Let the guy go pop and be happy for that.

Barry Dumka 

Brent Ray Fraser Biography

The Man

Brent Ray Fraser is a phantasmagoric force for the seductive power of creativity. A graduate of Emily Carr University, Fraser is deeply committed to the idea of art as conceptual theater.

This provocateur creates art that is sly, humorous, and bold – playing with commercial culture, mass media and public sexuality that is reshaping the new millennium.

The Work

Fraser’s work is known for its colourful reinterpretation of pop cultural artifacts and the liberation of the sexual impulse that gives life to art. Investigating the role of the artist as public spectacle and the body as the source material for creativity. Fraser makes full use of himself as a subject of his art. The work references a broad array of cultural touch points – from death to Disney, pop art to pornography, celebrity worship to animal magnetism. At the heart of it all – Fraser’s roaring rallying cry – is a love for life. Fraser turns himself and his art into a wild ride of good energy and sexual appeal and pulls everyone along with him.

Fraser’s paintings, prints, videos and mixed-media work have been widely published and are collected internationally. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout North America. He is regularly booked for live painting spectacles around the world.

Fraser lives and works in a converted grain silo, in the rural community of Langley outside Vancouver.

Artist Statement

The Freedom of Expression

What is it about liberty that holds us back and makes us nervous? Why are we so afraid of revealing ourselves? Or so quick to limit our potential, hide our naked truths, question happiness and hesitate over love. Shame seems to stalk us at every turn. Given freedom, we stop ourselves. It’s as if freedom is the first step before failure. The open and expressive possibilities of life and the full force of creativity – all that wild, wicked, wonderful energy – are often tamed and dulled to an apologetic whisper.

That’s not how I want to go at my life or my art. But I did start off behind those walls.

As a kid, I was painfully shy and kept my head down and hid my creative curiosity behind a wall of self-denial. Then my dad taught me a trick that led me to a bigger truth. Afraid to stand up or stand out in public and always worried about how people saw me, he told me to change how I saw them. “Picture them all in their underwear”, he suggested. As it turned out, stripping down the audience stripped away my self-doubt. Once you turn fear into a farce, you are free to enjoy your life more fully. That was my first piece of performance art – and it was all about the audience.

Inspiration and Ethos

Voyeurism remains a key element in my work. The perception, involvement and imaginative sensuality of my audience – whether seen or unseen – matters to what I do. My type of performance art plays out in the private theaters of fantasy and the imagination of whoever is watching. I believe creativity is a gift we should share – and what people make of my art adds to its potential. That mingling of creative juices is enlivening.

Andy Warhol famously said that “Pop Art is for everyone”. I also want to get rid of the barriers that often divide people from creativity and art in all its forms. I like art that bursts out with good energy. Art that seduces and enchants.

For me, making art is a full body experience. I put everything I have into my pieces and, like Rauschenberg, use any ordinary object or mark-making tool available to put real life into the work. Whatever it takes to prick someone’s attention and get them to see and feel the beauty and power of creative expression.

– Brent Ray Fraser

Curriculum Vitae

Academia

2009

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Emily Carr University. Vancouver, BC

Art Lectures & Appearances

2015

Vancouver Fetish Weekend. Vancouver, BC
EXXXotica Expo. Chicago, IL
I’m A Stripper. Border to Border Entertainment Reality TV. Toronto, ON
Strut Vancouver. The Foundation of Hope. Vancouver, BC
Game Of Thrones. The RIO Theatre. Vancouver, BC
Strut Vancouver Launch Party. Vancouver, BC.
Vancouver Home Show: The Art of Art In The Home. BC Place Stadium. Vancouver, BC
AVN Awards & Convention. Las Vegas, NV
4th Annual Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention (AVEC). Utherverse Virtual World.

2014

The Foundation of Hope. Vancouver, BC
Sleaze & Tease Players Ball. Sin City. Vancouver, BC
The Taboo Sex Show. Calgary, AB
The Taboo Sex Show. Vancouver, BC
The Taboo Sex Show. Edmonton, AB
World Pride Parade. Toronto, ON
Pride Parade. Vancouver, BC
The FANtastic Horrow Film Festival. San Diego, CA
3th Annual Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention (AVEC). Utherverse Virtual World.

Charitable Donations

2015

17th Annual Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball. Vancouver, BC
Aids Vancouver Food Frolic. Vancouver, BC
The Foundation of Hope. Vancouver, BC
Pride Society. Vancouver, BC
Steppin Out. Positive Living Society of BC. Vancouver, BC
Westside Family Place Fall Frenzy Gala. Vancouver, BC
FMAid For Japan. Vancouver, BC
Whistler Pride: The Rainbow Refugee Charity. Whistler, BC

2014

ArtBeat. Belkin Estate. Vancouver, BC
Love Ball. Vancouver, BC
Art For Orphans. Vancouver, BC
Youth Education Farms Charity Fundraiser. Birks Vancouver, BC
Pride Society. Vancouver, BC
The Foundation of Hope. Vancouver, BC
Carl & Les Annual Fall Gala. Vancouver, BC
1st Saturday’s. Food & Clothing Handout. San Diego, CA
Aids Vancouver. World Aids Day Charity Fundraiser. Vancouver, BC
Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball. Vancouver, BC

2013

Carl and Les Annual Fall Gala. Out In Schools Anti-Bullying Program. Vancouver, BC
ART30. The Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health. Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver Pride Society. Vancouver, BC
Beauty Night Society. Vancouver, BC.
Pride Society. Vancouver, BC
LMH Foundation Charity Gala. Cascade Casino. Langley, BC
Art For Orphans Charity Gala. Vancouver, BC
Support BC Children’s Hospital with Remy Bracelets. Vancouver, BC
The Canadian Cancer Society Diamond Ball. Vancouver, BC.
Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball. Vancouver, BC

2012

The Canadian Cancer Society. Daffodil Ball. Vancouver, BC.
The Canadian Cancer Society. The Diamond Ball. Vancouver, BC.
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Crystal Ball. Vancouver, BC.
The Child Foundation. Vancouver, BC.

2011

The Canadian Cancer Society. Daffodil Ball. Vancouver, BC.
The Canadian Cancer Society. The Diamond Ball. Vancouver,BC.
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Crystal Ball. Vancouver, BC.
The Child Foundation. Vancouver, BC.

2010

Thurnder Ball. UBC Thunderbird Hockey Association. Vancouver, BC.
The Crofton House 13th Annual CHS Golf Classic. Vancouver, BC.
The Canadian Cancer Society. The Diamond Ball. Vancouver, BC.
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Crystal Ball. Vancouver, BC.
The Child Foundation. Vancouver, BC.

2009

The Vancouver International Dance Festival. The Roundhouse. Vancouver, BC.
Celebrate the Women In Our Lives. Ovarian Cancer Charity Event. Vancouver, BC.
New Hope Orphanage Charity Show. White Ocean Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Crystal Ball. Vancouver, BC.
The Child Foundation. Vancouver, BC.

2008

Beauty Nights Society. Vancouver, BC.
Covenant House. Vancouver, BC.
FMA’s. Vancouver, BC.
BC Cancer Foundation. Supporting Breast Cancer Research. Vancouver, BC.
Canadian Council of Provincial & Territorial Sports Fed Inc. Vancouver, BC.
National Sport Trust Fund BC Chapter. Vancouver, BC.
12th  Canadian Cancer Society Diamond Ball and Auction. Vancouver, BC
The Arts Umbrella 2008 Holt Renfrew Fashion Gala. Vancouver, BC.
Vancouver International Dance Festival. The Roundhouse. Vancouver, BC.
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Crystal Ball. Vancouver, BC.
The Child Foundation. Vancouver, BC.

2007

The Flying Shawl Fundraiser. Vancouver, BC.

2006

X Life. Supporting Youth Group & Activities & Orphan Fundraiser. Whistler, BC.

Awards

2015

Nominated for the Turquoise Pride Legacy Award
GuySpy’s Man of the Month. New York, NY

1998

The Premier of Canada Award of Excellence for Artistic Achievement.
Province of British Columbia Award of Excellence for Artistic Achievement. 
Youth Recognition Awards. Artistic Youth of the Year. Surrey, BC.
City of Surrey Award of Excellence for Community Art Contribution.

1997

City of Surrey Award of Excellence. Surrey Arts Centre. Surrey, BC.

Media & Publications

2015


The Westender. Vancouver, BC
CBC Radio. Toronto, ON
Revue Magazine. Luxembourg
New Kerala News & Entertainment.
The Metro. United Kingdom
The Gaily Grind: #1 LGBT News & Entertainment
Out Magazine: Gay & Lesbian Fashion, Entertainment, Lifestyle
Frontiers (Magazine). LGBT Community. Southern California
Attitude Magazine. Britain, UK
VICE Magazine. Montreal, QC
The Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, BC
24hr Magazine. Vancouver
The Gastown Gazette. Vancouver, BC

2014


GuySpy’s Man of the Month. New York, NY
The Georgia Straight. Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, BC
24hr Magazine. Vancouver
The Province. Vancouver, BC

2013


Grind Down Magazine. Why Art is Sexy. Vancouver, BC
PINQ. A Daily Fix of Fabulous. Vancouver, BC
DIXX Magazine Feature Artist. Vancouver, BC
The Province. Vancouver, BC
GuySpy.com Man of the Month. Vancouver, BC
Amourette. Interview with an Award winning Visual Artist. Vancouver, BC
24hrs. Real House Wive’s of Vancouver & the BC Children’s Hospital. Vancouver, BC
Xtra! Vancouver’s Gay & Lesbian News
The Real Housewives Of Vancouver: Season Two. Reality Television.
Rogue. Television Series. Set Artwork
Lost Ironies. Vancouver, BC
Kerrisdale Playbook. Vancouver, BC
Sharad’s Lunchbox. Vancouver, BC

2012


The Langley Times. Spring Into Bloom. Langley, BC
Sharad’s Lunch Box. Vancouver, BC
Go! Vancouver: Johanna Ward Interview. Bras For Breast Cancer. Vancouver, BC.
The Metro Vancouver Newspaper. Breast Cancer. Vancouver, BC.
24hrs. Breast Cancer. Vancouver, BC
West Seattle Herald Newspaper. The Gun Show. Seattle, WA.
Psych. Television Series. Set Artwork
FMA Entertainment Weekly. Vancouver, BC

2011


West Seattle Herald Newspaper. Seattle, WA.
CTV News. Vancouver, BC.
Global Television. Vancouver, BC.
The Vancouver Sun Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.

2010


The Express. Shaw Cable. Television Interview
The Langley Advance Newspaper. Langley, BC.
The North Shore Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
Phabrik Magazine. Vancouver, BC.
The Vancouver Sun Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
The Courier Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
The Georgia Straight Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
The Style Addict Blog. Vancouver, BC.
The Peak Newspaper. Vancouver, BC
Where Magazine. Winnipeg, MB.
Vitamin Daily Blog. Vancouver, BC.

2009


CBC Radio Interview
The Vancouver Sun Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
The Province Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
The Courier Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
New Home Buyers Guide. Vancouver, BC.
Westcoast Homes & Design. Vancouver, BC.
Ciao! Magazine. 
Vancouver, BC.
The Westender Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
Flare Magazine. Vancouver, BC.
Vancouver Fashion eZine Blog. Vancouver, BC.
Xtra West Magazine.Vancouver, BC.
The Peak Newspaper. Vancouver, BC.
The Style Addict Blog. Vancouver, BC.
Vitamin Daily Blog. Vancouver, BC.
The Georgia Straight Newspaper.Vancouver, BC.
The Express. Shaw Channel 4. Television Interview
Downtown Sarnia Magazine. Sarnia, ON.
The Observer Newspaper. Sarnia, ON.
Fix Magazine. Sarnia, ON.
Winnipeg Women’s Magazine. Winnipeg, MB.
Winnipeg Sun Magazine. Winnipeg, MB.

2008


Keizai Blog. Vancouver, BC.
JuiceBox Radio Interview. Vancouver, BC
Sex In Vancity Blog. Vancouver, BC.
24hr Magazine. Vancouver, BC
Fashion Magazine. Vancouver, BC
Style By Fire: Style By Fire
Flare Magazine: June 2008 Issue. Vancouver, BC.

2007


Burn Up. Television Series. Set Art

Live Art Performances

2016

Gala Incroyable. Montreal, Quebec
Heads & Tails Shopping. Russia/Ukraine
Le Havre Tattoo Convention. Normandy, France
Kanamara Matsuri Festival of the Steel Phallus. Kawasaki, Japan
The Box.
 NYC

Folsom Street Fair Performance Art Stage. 
San Fransisco, CA
AVN Porn Awards & Convention. Las Vegas, NV

2015

AVN Porn Awards & Convention. Las Vegas, NV
La France a un Incroyable. Paris, France
World Pride Parade.  Toronto, ON
XXXotica Expo.
Chicago, IL
Vancouver Fetish Weekend. Vancouver, BC
International Aids Day Charity Fundraiser. The Pumpjack. Vancouver, BC

2014

LMH Foundation Charity Gala. Cascade Casino. Langley, BC
Art For Orphans Charity Gala. Vancouver, BC
The Last Supper Naked Hastings Guerrilla Performance. Hastings Street Vancouver, BC
My Naked Stawamus Chief Hike. Squamish, BC
Live Art Studio Webcam Show. Internet.
Vancouver Fetish Weekend. Vancouver, BC
Downtown Eastside Naked Dining. Vancouver, BC

2013

Feature Artist: The Taboo Sex Show. Vancouver, BC
Feature Artist: The Taboo Sex Show. Calgary, AB
Feature Artist: The Taboo Sex Show. Edmonton, AB
Shooting Stars Foundation Live Performance. Performance Works. Vancouver, BC
Adult Virtual Entertainment Convention (AVEC). Utherverse
Dickelangelo’s Live Art Webcam Show. Earth
Pavarotti Penis Art Performance. Port of Vancouver, BC
Opus Art Supplies Live Art 101: Eat, Sleep, Breathe Art. Granville Island Vancouver, BC
Opus Art Supplies Live Art 101: Eat, Sleep, Breathe Art. Langley, BC
LegionIII. Vancouver, BC.
The Gay Pride Parade. Vancouver, BC.
DIXX Live Art Performance. Vancouver, BC
The Langley Memorial Hospital Live Painting Performance. Langley, BC
The Real Housewives of Vancouver. Vancouver, BC.
The Arthur Erickson Waterfall Gallery Live Art Show. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist Live Art Show. HIVE. The Vinyl Retro Club. Vancouver, BC.
The Museum of Modern Art. Washroom Performance. New York, NY.
The Guggenheim Museum. Washroom Performance. New York, NY.
Tate Modern. Washroom Performance. London, UK.
Tate Britain. Washroom Performance. London, UK.
National Portrait Museum. Washroom Performance. London, UK.
The Ecdysiartist. The Taboo Sex Show. Vancouver Convention Centre, BC.
Mr. Deer Does The Taboo Sex Show. Vancouver Convention Centre, BC.

2012

Canada’s Got Talent. Vancouver, BC.
BRF Bras For Breast Cancer. The Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
Golden Brush Competition Half-Time Show. Chapel Arts Vancouver, BC.
The Gay Pride Parade. Vancouver, BC.
Skull Retrospective. Arthur Erickson Waterfall Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Au Bar. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Barcelona. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Oasis Lounge. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. The Keefer Bar. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Canvas Lounge. Vancouver, BC
Fortune Sound Club Skulls. Vancouver, BC.
Bloom Market Skulls. Langley, BC.
The Cranberry Festival Skulls. Langley, BC.
Skulls & Nudes. Hyde Restaurent. Vancouver, BC.

2011

The Gay Pride Parade. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Oasis Lounge. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Fever Night Club. New Westminster, BC.
Gambado. Performance Works. Granville Island. Vancouver, BC.
Young Presidents Organization. Vancouver, BC.
Persian Norouz Gala. The Yacht Club. Vancouver, BC.

2010

World Education Conference. Vancouver, BC.
Berlin Airport 2011 World Routes Conference. Vancouver Convention Centre, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. The Taboo Sex Show. Tradex Abbotsford, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Chicago’s. New Westminster, BC.

2009

The Ecdysiartist. White Ocean Gallery. Vancouver, BC.

2008

FMA’s. Centre for the Performing Arts. Vancouver, BC.
Ed Hardy. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Vancouver International Dance Festival. Vancouver, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. Slack Alices. Kelowna, BC.
The Ecdysiartist. The Odyssey. Vancouver, BC.

2007

Scorch. Snap Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
Renaissance. Snap Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
Harry Rosen. Pacific Centre. Vancouver, BC.

2005

The Transitional Culture. The Lamplighter, Vancouver, BC.

Solo Painting Exhibitions

2013


The Gun Show: Conceptual Photos With Paint. Mind Unwind Gallery. Seattle, WA.
Skull Painting Retrospective. The Arthur Erickson Waterfall Gallery. Vancouver, BC.

2012


Mixed Media Abstractions. Mind Unwind Gallery. Seattle, WA.
Mixed Media Abstractions. The Style Lab. Vancouver, BC.
Skull Drawings. The Style Lab. Vancouver, BC.

2011


Nude Portraitures. Eastwood Onley Gallery. Vancouver, BC.

2010


Abstract Landscapes. HI Whistler Resort. Whistler, BC.
Abstract Art Seasons. Eastwood Onley Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
Pop Art Popsicles. Kiss And Makeup. West Vancouver, BC.

2009


Pret A Porter Fashion Art. Artopia Gallery. Sernia, ON.
Pret A Porter Fashion Art. Eastwood Onley Gallery. Vancouver, BC.
Juno Awards Retrospective. Storyeum Gastown. Vancouver, BC.
Vancouver Fashion Week Retrospective. Storyeum (Gastown). Vancouver, BC.
State of the Art Abstractions. Vancouver International Dance Festival. Vancouver, BC.
Abstract Art Retrospective. Ledingham Design Consultants. Vancouver, BC.
Abstract Art Retrospective. Resource An Interiors Company. Vancouver, BC.
Erotic Art. White Ocean Gallery. Granville Island. Vancouber, BC.
Fergie Shoe Launch. Shoe Portraitures. Vancouver, BC.

2008


Erotic Art Retrospective. Resource An Interiors Company. Vancouver, BC.
Pop Art Retrospective. Industry Lounge. Vancouver, BC.
Louis Vuitton Shoe Portraits. Vancouver, BC.
Louis Vuitton Shoe Portraits. Edmonton, AB.
Louis Vuitton Shoe Portraits. Toronto, ON.
The Women’s Festival. Shoe Portraits. Langley, BC.
The Sport of Shopping. Shoe Portraits. The Bay. Vancouver, BC.
The Style Spy Fashion Show. Shoe Portraits. The Bay. Vancouver, BC.
Industry Lounge. Shoe Portraits. Vancouver, BC.

2007


BRF Abstract Art Retrospective. Resource Interiors Company. Vancouver, BC.
BRF Abstract Art. 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013


Xsite. Vancouver, BC
ART30: The Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health. Vancouver, BC.

2012


Visualspace. Visual Mosaic. Vancouver, BC.

2009


Annual Group Exhibition. Twist Gallery. Winnipeg, MB.

2008


Annual Group Show. Espace B51. Montreal, QC.
Abstracted Pop Art. Trias Gallery. Toronto, ON.
Vancouver International Dance Festival. The Roundhouse. Vancouver, BC.
Leap Abstractions. The Roundhouse. Vancouver, BC.

2007


Toronto International Art Fair. Toronto, ON.
Toronto International Film Festival. Toronto, ON.
Ritual. Snap Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver, BC

2006


Hive, A New Works Group Show. Blue Cobalt Studios. Vancouver, BC.

1998


Shared Solitudes Group Exhibition. Surrey City Hall. Surrey, BC.