Recent Works - Minne Fry
Never afraid to embrace life as a learning process, Johannesburg-born Minne Fry’s work has consistently welcomed and expressed change in a medium where the continuity of the ‘trademark’ brushstroke have long been held to be the norm.
Initially building a substantial reputation in oils, Minne Fry began using watercolours in the 1980s before studying printmaking at Morley College. Having first come to prominence in 1958 with her exhibition at London’s cutting-edge New Vision Centre (where Eric Newton bought a picture for the Contemporary Art Society), her work continues to excite and also to garner both critical and commercial acclaim – from 2000 to 2005 she was consistently in the top ten of the best-selling artists at brit.art.com, and she is currently one of the roster of artists at the online gallery, EYESTORM.
Her semi-abstract landscapes are the very definition of what the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins referred to as ‘inscapes’; emotional responses that, although derived from external reality, steer clear of the direct depiction of the traditional landscape. The painter and critic, Denis Bowen, referred to her ‘depth and resonance of colour [which] we associate with the suffused light of dawn and dusk, qualities which reflect similar sensibilities reminiscent in the work of Emil Nolde’.
Recent one-man shows include Babington House, the Green Room and the Bloomsbury Gallery. Selected group showings include the Royal Academy, the National Society, the Printmakers Council, the RWA in Bristol, Gallery de Nesle in Paris and the Trevor Coleman Gallery, Johannesburg.
‘It’s quite small, but it immediately caught my eye. It has a luminous quality, as if there is a light shining behind it, creating a glow of green and yellow ochre. I’m really not sure whether it’s supposed to be abstract or figurative; perhaps it’s both. But to me it suggests a sudden violent gust of wind in a forest clearing, tossing leaves and twigs into the air. If it had it on my wall, I would, I think, never stop looking at it, never tire of peering into its mysterious glowing depths.’ David Cheal in the Daily Telegraph on Minne Fry’s etching, Winter Evening, at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2008.
The Coningsby Gallery
30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ
020 7636 1064
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