Roy Freer is a contemporary British artist working largely in oils and watercolor. He studied first at the Bournville School of Art (1953-6), followed by the Birmingham College of Art (1956-8). In 1968, he studied again at the Birmingham University, at the Art Teacherís Centre. Since becoming a full time artist over twenty years ago, Freerís work has demonstrated a focus in using overlays of rich color to heighten his still lifes, figure paintings, and landscape scenes. The overlays are used as a means of presenting a visual understanding of his subject. Working from a familiar selection of both studio based still life objects or outdoor features, he continues to explore the tension held both within and between objects to a degree whereby they are held by the fulcrum of the painting.
His present work is concerned with the interpretation of the subject as a visual experience rather than a physical factual response. Objects are disguised and visually modified by light, shade, space and distance, resulting in the fragmentation of color and form. Freer shows an engagement with the medium in the manner of his over-layering brush marks. These act as directional indications that underpin the main structure of his paintings. The whole is suffused with lighting that is depicted in strong shafts of color across the canvas.
Throughout his career Freer has gained a number of prestigious awards and his work is held in many public and private collections. The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour awarded him the Royal Institute Bronze Medal in 1986, and the Llewellyn Alexander Award in 1994. He has also been awarded many prizes by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, of which he became a member in 1987. Freer was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1989, and a member of the New English Art Club in 2000.
Fishing Boats, Southwold, England
15 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Still Life, Chair
Pastel 26" x 20"