• Gary Frier

    Gary Frier
    • Artist Statement
      • I find inspiration in many forms of media. Creating art for me is about constantly reflecting on my place in the world, discovering how to distill and interpret my interaction with what surrounds me and documenting that personal relationship.
    • Biography
      • Gary Frier was born in Cape Town and grew up in the then segregated northern suburb of Kuilsriver in the Western Cape. He qualified as a Graphic Designer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2004. After working in various design industries Gary moved on to create art of a more personal nature.
        He has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad at institutions and galleries.
         
        He currently works as a freelance artist and teaches art at local N.G.O. The Observatory Neighbourhood Afterschool programme - which provides educational and cultural programmes for youth at risk - as well as with the Occupational Therapy department at Valkenburg Psychiatric hospital.
         
        He lives and works in the Western Cape predominantly, from his studio at home in Kuilsriver, Cape Town.




        Selected Exhibitions:

        2019
        Participated in a group show 'New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa'
        Participated in a group show 'Kwaai' at Eclectica Contemporary
        Participated in a group show Suidoosterfees at the Artscape Theatre Complex

        2018
        Participated in a group show " Ubuntu/Uhuru/Aweth Group Exhibition" at Eclectica Contemporary
        Designed and executed social educational campaign for S.W.E.A.T.
        Facilitation of community mural project in Delft Cape Town

        2017
        Participated in a group show at Ndiza gallery
        Participated in a group show "Dialogues | an Interactive Group Exhibition" at StateoftheART gallery

        2016
        Participated in group show “beneath the skin” at StateoftheART gallery
        Commissioned by Summitdogs decorated a fire hydrant replica for their annual fundraiser
        Commissioned by the Bertha Foundation to do an oil painting
        Commissioned Old mutual to do oil painting for their private investment offices
        Commissioned to do illustrations and maps for the renovation of the South African Forces Museum at Delville Wood

        2015
        Participated in committees choice 30 x 40 at Bellville B gallery2014
        Participated in The Cape Gallery Annual Wildlife Exhibition

        2012
        Participated in the Artscape resource centre’s Retrospective exhibition
        Participated in the Engagements(working title) group exhibition at the Cape Gallery
        Facilitated Thupelo workshop in Wellington

        2011
        Participated in The Cape Gallery Annual Wildlife Exhibition

        2010
        Participated in The Cape Gallery Annual Wildlife Exhibition
        Invited participate in a group show for the S.P.C.A. trustees luncheon at The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
        Invited to participate in “A Slice of Life” exhibition at the Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West
        Invited to participate in “30 x 30” exhibition at the Gill Allderman Gallery, Kenilworth
        Participated in the World Aids Day Benefit at the Audi Centre

        Corporate and government/public collections:
        Oliewenhuis Art Museum BP South Africa (Cape Town)
        Joop van den Ende Theater productions – Holland, Embassy of USA, Nairobi
        Bertha Foundation
        Old mutual private investment
        PricewaterhouseCoopers Cape Town
        PPS Investments - Claremont
        Benguela Cove Lagoon Coastal Wine Estate.
        As well as private collections worldwide.


    • Interview

      • What is your favourite film of all time?
        Blade Runner

        What music are you currently listening to and why?
        Kings of Leon

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?
        William Kentridge, Garth Erasmus, Willie Bester. There are creatively versatile incorporating traditional mediums as well as performance ,installation and in some cases sound in their work.

        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Billie Mandindi – he was uncompromising in his artists approach and a contempory of mine.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        DADA south at the national gallery – nature and depth of the south African art component was exceptional.

        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
        What is the price or how do you price you work.I base my prices on art that has been sold locally and internationally according to a slide rule of my own design.

        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
        Garth Erasmus.

        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is.
        A separate entrance that I grew up in as a child – its financially and logistically convenient.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        Creating.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        My latest artwork.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        A sold out solo show

    • Video
      • "South African artists: what's next?" is a series of webdocumentaries by Pierre Tremblay showcasing the engaged artists of the post-apartheid era and their concerns about today's South Africa. Episode 1: Gary Frier

  • A Change Is Going To Come - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    A Change Is Going To Come
    Painting / 68 x 78 cm
    $1 030
  • Draw The Veil - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    Draw The Veil
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
    $1 270
  • Home In Mind - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    Home In Mind
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
    $1 270
  • End Of Innocence - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    End Of Innocence
    Painting / 36 x 50 cm
  • Walk On The Wild Side - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Walk On The Wild Side
    Painting / 61 x 76 cm
  • I Am Africa - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    I Am Africa
    Painting / 36 x 45 cm
  • In The Valley I Walk - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    In The Valley I Walk
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
  • Into The Distance - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Into The Distance
    Painting / 90 x 120 cm
  • Amused - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Amused
    Painting / 35 x 45 cm
  • Green Sprout - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Green Sprout
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • Where Is My Mind - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Where Is My Mind
    Painting / 85 x 90 cm
  • The Reader - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    The Reader
    Painting / 22 x 22 cm
  • Rhythm And Bass - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Rhythm And Bass
    Painting / 21 x 21 cm
  • Bobbles And Braids - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Bobbles And Braids
    Painting / 70 x 80 cm
  • Enthusiasm - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Enthusiasm
    Painting / 83 x 106 cm
  • Sleeper - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Sleeper
    Painting / 76 x 90 cm
  • Mindscape - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Mindscape
    Painting / 79 x 79 cm
  • Pixilated In Blue - Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Pixilated In Blue
    Painting / 30 x 40 cm
  • Bright-Eyed - Portrait Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Bright-Eyed
    Portrait Painting / 56 x 70 cm
  • Eye See You - Large Oil Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Eye See You
    Large Oil Painting / 106 x 126 cm
  • Eyes Wide Shut - Oil Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Eyes Wide Shut
    Oil Painting / 79 x 79 cm
  • Face Off - Oil Painting by Gary Frier
    GARY FRIER
    Face Off
    Oil Painting / 90 x 60 cm