50cm x 70cm
Too much to say about this work. Fraser Crawford is the epitome of an intellectual artist, whose ability is fortunate enough to match the capability of his mind.
A fearless homage to one of the greatest feats in painting of all time, Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez. So renown is the 1656 Baroque work, that Picasso spent a year completing a 58 painting series around it. Other greats such as Salvador Dalí and Richard Hamilton have also paid homage to this masterpiece, tackling Las Meninas is akin to squaring up to the heavyweight World champion, no place for the weak.
It's clear to see Crawford effortlessly nod to both Velázquez and Picasso, while completely maintaining his own identity and message. But what is the message and why is this a relevant contemporary piece? What has made a contemporary artist look back to progress himself.
A challenge? A statement? Politics? Showing off?
Crawford is an insatiable historian of both art and political history. Having also lived in Barcelona it is likely the Spanish painters speak to the Glaswegian artist in a more personal way than some. One thing is brazenly apparent. Fraser Crawford is not and artist to be ignored.