My main subject matter is the urban environment, particularly Dublin, Belfast and Brussels. I am interested in the contrast between the old and the new and in the drama of light and shadow. The abstract shapes they create fascinate me. In my paintings I also explore the isolation and loneliness of the individual in the urban environment and there is often a sense of stillness, suspense or foreboding. Particular views are selected because they elicit an emotional response in me.
Thus, what at one level may appear to be a realistic depiction of a particular place or building is really an attempt to capture my response to the environment around me and to explore my inner feelings and emotions.
“Hugh Frazer has a feeling for abstract patterns in his crisply organised, carefully lit urban landscapes.”
Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 18th May 2009