My Work

I am a British artist; I gain inspiration from what I see in the world around me.

Profile

I am a British artist; I gain inspiration from what I see in the world around me.

Artist's Statement

Annie Fry
Annie Fry

I have always been interested in colour but my focus on people developed whilst I was teaching, and I became interested by the work of Freud and Spencer, Hammershoi & Wyeth, among others. My studies in sculpture at college made me more aware of surface qualities then to the effects of light on surfaces. This has informed my working practices and I now create textured surfaces on which to paint whilst I focus on the effect of light on surfaces in my painting.

I am analytical in my approach and investigate the subtleties of colour and tone, painting in oils, with extensive colour mixing prior to and during the painting process.

A lot of my work is developed with a very conscious focus on tone as a result of my interest in the effect of light on a surface and this results in a bias towards realism. I work primarily in oils, usually on canvas but as I have a keen interest in surface qualities I also work in mixed media on board in order to explore and develop the potential of surface qualities in my work.

I am interested in sequences of work where I can explore the variations of a different view, a different emphasis. When forming a composition I like unusual angles and sometimes a form of abstraction is achieved. I like to use the frame of the canvas as a deliberate tool for cutting off the image or just containing the composition completely.

CV

Exhibitions and CV etc etc

Upcoming exhibitions, Testimonials and Press

"Thank you soooo much for Rosalind. She is a delight, a truly marvellous creation and she is now adorning the far wall of the sitting room, a thing of beauty and a joy forever... the more so because hanging beside her is your portrait of a young man entitled Adam though now, given where he is, he does excellent service as an Orlando to the nearby Rosalind. The two of them are, and will continue to be, wonderful companions. They radiate love and youth in a most lovely fashion. There can be nothing better in my collection. And I look forward to Cleopatra...!"

John Nettles, Actor

From 4th October - 29th November 2015 you can find examples of my work at The RWA 163rd Annual Open

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Avon

Find more examples of my work at The Black Swan Arts Open (24th October - 20th November 2015)

Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset

And even more at SAW, Time and Place (9th October - 15th January 2016)

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath, Somerset

"Artist goes back to school to share her expertise"

Western Gazette, 5 Feb 2014

Member of Bruton Art Society

Bruton Art Society, Bruton, Somerset

Member of Sherborne Art Club

Sherborne Art Club, Sherborne, Dorset

CV

2015

RWA 163rd Annual Open
Black Swan Open
SAW - Shave Artists
Black Swan Pop Up Gallery
Bruton Art Society... Voted most favourite artwork by the public
Evolver Cover Competition
Sherborne art Society
Dorchester Open
RWA Bristol - Friends highly commended
Victoria Gallery Bath
44AD Gallery Bath
Bath & West

2014

Black Swan open - Shortlisted for a solo exhibition
WAC
SAW - Shave Artists
Bruton Art Society
Bath & West - highly commended

2013

RWA Bristol
Royal Miniature Society, Mall Galleries
Royal Portrait Society, Mall Galleries
WAC
SAW - Shave Artists
Black Swan Open
Bruton Art Society
Bath & West - highly commended
Dorchester Open - 2nd prize winner

2012

Atkinson Gallery Millfield
RWA Bristol
SAW - Shave Artists
WAC Wells
Bruton Art Society
Cork St Open

2011

Victoria Gallery Bath
Atkinson Gallery Millfield
Dorchester open
Bruton Art Society - Favourite artwork (public vote)

2010

South West Contemporary Art Fair
RWA Bristol
Victoria Gallery Bath
Artists 303

2009

RWA Bristol
SAW
Millfield Atkinson Gallery
Artists 303
2008 Art Mendip Somerset
Millfield Atkinson Gallery
Artists 303

1986-2009

Full time art teaching

1991

Llewellyn Alexander Gallery W1

1990, 1988, 1984

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1988

RWA Bristol

1983

Summertime at the Tate Gallery (Highly Commended)
Medici Gallery W1
Portal Gallery W1

1982

Christopher Hull Gallery Fulham Rd

Get in Touch

Whilst I work mainly from my ideas I will also accept commissions, so please contact me if you are interested and would like to discuss the commission process further.

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