Gary Frier

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Gary Frier is an artist from Cape Town. He has participated in a number of South African and European residencies and exchanges. Alongside working as an artist, he runs art classes and workshops with children in the Cape. His work has a strong graphic quality, which lends itself well to printmaking.

Frier focuses on carefully drawn and painted human figures and is intrigued by the way a two-dimensional image can convey much of the personality of the person that he chooses to depict. His work combines elements of contemporary and historical Africa, juxtaposing masks, fabric details and a vivid sense of colour with urban figures.

In the early 1990s whilst doing his residency at the Fordsburg Artists Studios Frier did this portrait of David Koloane. At the time Koloane was one of the directors of the studios and had a studio at The Bag Factory. The strength of his personality and the fine lines of his face are beautifully captured in this portrait.

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Title: David
Medium: Single colour lithograph
Paper size: 44 x 32 cm
Image size: 36 x 25 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 3 200 (excl.VAT)

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