Make. Believe.

Felicia Fraser

The nostalgic feelings of childhood are never far from Felicia Fraser’s mind, or her art. Her latest exhibition, ‘Make. Believe,’ is an immersive experience that transports you to a time when you had the freedom and the inspiration to play and be joyful. Her highly realistic paintings of toys and childhood objects highlight both the intricate beauty of the ordinary as well as the significance they hold as symbols of a shared childhood experience. The interactive elements—including a blanket fort and friendship bracelet station—give the viewer permission to be playful and get lost in the wonder of nostalgia.

“Make-believe” was the name we gave to the creative games we played as children; the worlds we invented when we let our imagination run wild, and the situations we imagined ourselves in without the burden of responsibility, or the restrictions of reality that so dominate the adult experience. The paintings and installations in this exhibition encourage you to lose yourself in the simple things that brought you joy as a child, from collecting small plastic toys or snails in a jar to enjoying a frozen popsicle on a hot day. They are meant to remind us of a time when we were the purest and simplest version of ourselves. If we had the permission and freedom to be curious, messy, emotional and imperfect as kids, why not now? As a mother of two and avid embracer of her inner child, Fraser challenges us to rediscover the magic of our youth so that we can find a greater sense of joy, peace and self-acceptance.

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oil and acrylic paintings

ARTIST BIO

Felicia Fraser is a Vancouver, BC-based artist who specializes in hyper-realistic oil paintings that capture the nostalgia of childhood.

Her art brings ordinary objects of significance from the past back to life with intricate detail and glorious colours, evoking the often-forgotten joyful feelings of our youth.

A lifelong artist who trained as a graphic designer and illustrator and graduated from Capilano University’s IDEA program in 2009, Felicia is a mother of two who finds inspiration from watching her two sons play with freedom, creativity and joy. The painstaking attention to detail she pours into every brush stroke is a love letter to the feelings her subjects evoke, and her passion for embracing her inner child.

‘Make. Believe.’ features realistic, large-scale oil paintings of ordinary childhood objects against the backdrop of a nostalgia-inducing installation that features an interactive blanket fort, displays of well-used toys such as dinosaurs, Hot Wheels, slinkies, friendship bracelets and foil balloons.

This is Felicia’s second solo exhibition in the past 12 months, and follows ‘90s Kid,’ which debuted at the Slice of Life Gallery in Vancouver. Felicia has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in the Lower Mainland and has attracted magazine and newspaper coverage of her  work. She has completed more than 60 commissioned paintings in the past four years and also offers painting workshops to students of all ages.

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