Tessa Campbell Fraser was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and spent her childhood in the Scottish Borders and studied at Chelsea School of Art. She established herself through the late 80s and 90s as one of the country’s leading equestrian and landscape artists, winning many awards and exhibiting work at the Royal Academy Summer Show, Sculpture at Goodwood, the Royal Institutes of Oil, Watercolour and Pastel Painters respectively and solo shows at the Natural History Museum, London, and the Tryon & Swann Gallery, Cork Street.
Amongst her awards are the Diana Brooks Award (1992), the Chelsea Arts Society Oil Painting Award (1993) and the Winsor and Newton Watercolours Award (1995).
From 1996 her interest in animals and anatomy led her to focus on sculpting. Tessa Campbell Fraser has since completed several major bronze commissions, including two life-size sculptures of Her Majesty the Queen’s favourite dogs, a group of life-size guinea fowl, three half life-size elephants, a life-size Highland Stag and in 2003, three life-size hippos.
In 2001 she was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and was made Fellow of the Society in 2004.
Tessa’s paintings and bronzes are held in private collections including those of Her Majesty the Queen, HRH Prince Fahd Salman, the Household Cavalry and Knuthenborg Safari Park, Denmark as well as in Australia, South Africa, Monaco and the USA.
In 2015 she completed a life plus 10% sculpture for Sandringham of Her Majesty the Queen’s Gold Cup winning horse, ‘Estimate’. Currently she is working on a commission of 24 life size gazelle for a client.
She has travelled widely, last visiting Greenland where she completed a series of abstract and representational paintings to compliment her allegorical polar bear and figure sculptures. She has also co-presented a BBC TV pilot on public sculpture with Neil Oliver.