In Memoriam - Grant Fraser MacIver (30 August 1960 to 11 August 2019)
It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the death of our dear friend Fraser who died on Sunday 11th August 2019 following a heart attack. Fraser will be sadly missed by all who loved him and his art.
Fraser lived a very unconventional life. The normal 9 to 5 lifestyle that so many of us find easy, for him was not. Fraser lived a solitary and down to earth existence with his beloved cat Fred, the subject of his 'Clairvoyant Cat' painting. A very talented, intelligent and well read man, Fraser could hold a conversation on any subject except technology which he found daunting.
As is evident by his beautiful artwork, nature and his surroundings were Fraser's passion.
Though Fraser lived alone in The Wagon at Crinan, he loved the company of others and was a wonderful welcoming host to anyone who wished to visit his home and studio. When in company, Fraser was the bright light that would capture one's attention. He was a larger than life, loving, vivid person whose presence is captured in his art. So versatile an artist was Fraser that he would switch from architectural and life drawing to expressionism and abstraction in his oils and watercolours delivering artwork to please a variety of audiences.
Fraser was a kind and honest man whose sudden death will leave a very big hole for his family and friends - indeed for all who knew him.
Paul and Ruhi Thallon
If you would like to send a message to his family in Canada and the USA please email paulandruhi@gmail and we will ensure this is passed on to them.
As we approach the first anniversary of Fraser's death we have uploaded more artwork images which can be purchased as prints. It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we lost our dear friend. He is always in our thoughts.
If you have any personal memories or images you wish to share with Fraser's family and friends please feel free to contact us.
My wife Ruhi and I paid a visit to Fraser's Wagon on the Crinan Canal yesterday (one of our many visits over the past twenty years). We first chatted to him across the canal from the towpath back in 1999 and Fraser soon became a good family friend and often joins us in Cowal for family celebrations. Since we first met we have built a collection of five of his original artworks and one large print.
Fraser lives 'off grid' in a 100 year old showman's wagon in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland - the banks of the Crinan Canal in mid Argyll. The canal is a busy waterway for yachts nowadays but was originally built to carry small cargo vessels reducing the journey from Glasgow to the outer isles by around 100 miles. The canal was opened in 1801 and has 15 locks and 7 bridges.
Fraser's hospitality is famous and we encourage you to pay him a visit when in the area. To find Fraser, drive along the Crinan Canal from Lochgilphead via Cairnbaan to Crinan Basin and walk along the towpath for half a mile. His wagon is situated on the opposite side of the canal not far after Crinan Bridge. A sign on the towpath marks his location. If he doesn't see you give him a shout and he will point you in the right direction to visit the Wagon Art Studio or he may even jump in and swim over to speak to you! I have attached some photos below of the canal and his home - The Wagon Art Studio.
Please support our friend by purchasing his artwork either as originals or prints.