• 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.
        Natural environments have become more of an exception than a rule. Our connection with the "wild" as a spiritual and physical presence has been replaced by a financial value system. The wildlife art that I create has inspired by photography as well as artworks by cultures that live close to the " wild" or did so in the past. Through my work I try to bridge and understand this brittle connection. For this reason I have chosen to separate the subjects aesthetically from their natural environment fabricating a fantasy antagonist to that of natural law. In some works the boldness of the stylization makes the animal seem mythological in a man made urban environment. In some works the boldness of the stylization makes the animal almost an icon inhabiting a new urban environment.
    • Biography
      • Selected Exhibitions:

        1999
        • group exhibition at Le bon Ton gallery
        • Participated in group exhibition at Institute For Democracy in South Africa (IDASA)
        • Received 1st prize for best designed poster competition for the 1st Cape Town Art festival
        2001
        • participated in an artist exchange program which involved a group exhibition with etchings of 12 South African artists and running art workshops in Brest ,Jarsey and  Tulle
        2002
        • Participated in 4th Biennale of Pan-African Circle of Artists (Afrika Heritage)
        • Exhibited in Barcelona for charities (UNISEF, Save the children ,)
        • Took part in the national Thupelo workshop  and exhibited at the Annex of the South African National Gallery
        2003
        • Took part in the International Thupelo workshop  and exhibited at the Annex of the South African National Gallery
        • Exhibited in Barcelona for charities (UNISEF, Save the children)
        2004
        • Group exhibition (Identity) at Fortis Circustheater Holland celebrating the opening of the Lion King
        • Solo exhibition at the Association for Visual arts Cape Town
        • Exhibited at the International Congress of Conservation (Bellville Civic Centre)
        • Group exhibition of wildlife at Cape gallery- Cape Town
        2005
        • Group exhibition - First Decade of Democracy at Art.b – The Arts Association of Bellville
        • Participated in The Cape Gallery Annual Wildlife Exhibition
        • Group Wildlife Exhibition at Kühne Boekkooi Gallery in Port Elizabeth
        • Group exhibition at Walter Batiss Gallery in Somerset East
        2006
        • Group show with Garth Erasmus at the Alliance Française du cap entitled - Similiar similarities and strange attractors
        • Participated in The Cape Gallery Annual Wildlife Exhibition
        • Group show at the KKNK festival in Oudshoorn - Branding Me
        • P O S I + I V E “HOPE” Art Exhibition-Proceeds from this watershed event donated to the Tapologo Aids Hospice, which is performing an invaluable service in the fight  against HIV/AIDS
        • Commissioned by the Western Cape Department of economic development to do a artwork celebrating craft culture and local trade
        2007
        • Exhibited at the Design indaba with Jeanette Unite, Nico Phooko, Madi Phala, Estie Fourie, Tyrrel Thaysen, Lee-Ann January organized by the Western Cape Department   of economic development
        2008
        • Exhibited work titled "Person to Person" at the Artscape Resource centre from the 11 of June 20 the 11th of July
        • Group Exhibit at the Baxter with artists - Fiona Almeleh,  Hettie Bailey, Ilze Coetzee, Henry De Leeuw, Lyn Dela Motte, Pauline Harrison, Sunita Joyce, Ilse Kleyn,   Rita Knoetze, Marina Louw, Caroline Mitrovich, Cherry Nichols, Shannon Phillips, Bonnie Price, Alison Riordaan, Corrie Stieger, Des Thomas, Mollie Townsend, Pienaar   Van Niekerk, Magda Van Rensburg, Christil Van Vollenhoven, Jean Veasey, Cherry Viljoen, Jeanne Wassenaar, Jess Wilsworth, Judy Woodborne, Gert Boshoff
        • Christmas Miniatures exhibition at VEO Gallery in Cape Town
        2009
        • Participated in The Cape Gallery Annual Wildlife Exhibition
        • Draw exhibition at VANSA
        2010
        • Invited to participate in a group show at the Irma Stern Museum Gallery
        • Participated in The Cape Gallery Annual Wildlife Exhibition

        His work can be found in these corporate collections:
        Peuple et Culture – Brest (France)
        BP South Africa (Cape Town)
        Joop van den Ende Theater productions – Holland
        Embassy of USA, Nairobi,
        Western Cape Department of Economic development
        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

  • Blue Sky Mine - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    Blue Sky Mine
    Painting / 76 x 90 cm
    R13 750
  • Draw The Veil - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    Draw The Veil
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
    R18 250
  • I Am Africa - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    I Am Africa
    Painting / 36 x 45 cm
    R5 700
  • Into The Distance - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    Into The Distance
    Painting / 90 x 120 cm
    R18 250
  • Home In Mind - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    Home In Mind
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
    R18 250
  • Walks With Lions - Painting by Gary Frier GARY FRIER
    Walks With Lions
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
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  • Amused - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Amused
    Painting / 35 x 45 cm
  • Green Sprout - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Green Sprout
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • Where Is My Mind - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Where Is My Mind
    Painting / 85 x 90 cm
  • Bobbles And Braids - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Bobbles And Braids
    Painting / 70 x 80 cm
  • The Reader - Painting by Gary Frier
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    The Reader
    Painting / 22 x 22 cm
  • Rhythm And Bass - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Rhythm And Bass
    Painting / 21 x 21 cm
  • Enthusiasm - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Enthusiasm
    Painting / 83 x 106 cm
  • Sleeper - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Sleeper
    Painting / 76 x 90 cm
  • Mindscape - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Mindscape
    Painting / 79 x 79 cm
  • Pixilated In Blue - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Pixilated In Blue
    Painting / 30 x 40 cm
  • Bright-Eyed - Portrait Painting by Gary Frier
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    Bright-Eyed
    Portrait Painting / 56 x 70 cm
  • Eye See You - Large Oil Painting by Gary Frier
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    Eye See You
    Large Oil Painting / 106 x 126 cm
  • Eyes Wide Shut - Oil Painting by Gary Frier
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    Eyes Wide Shut
    Oil Painting / 79 x 79 cm
  • Face Off - Oil Painting by Gary Frier
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    Face Off
    Oil Painting / 90 x 60 cm
  • Banjo & Leslie - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Banjo & Leslie
    Painting / 22 x 22 cm
  • Garth & Flute - Mixed Media Painting by Gary Frier
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    Garth & Flute
    Mixed Media Painting / 22 x 22 cm
  • Rain Music - Drawing by Gary Frier
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    Rain Music
    Drawing / 153 x 100 cm
  • Piketberg Cowboy - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Piketberg Cowboy
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • Cold Morning Man With Jumper - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Cold Morning Man With Jumper
    Painting / 36 x 36 cm
  • Forty Winks On The Way To Work - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Forty Winks On The Way To Work
    Painting / 36 x 36 cm
  • Through The Yellow Windows.... - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Through The Yellow Windows....
    Painting / 35 x 45 cm
  • Metro I - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Metro I
    Painting / 36 x 27 cm
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  • Oom boy speel by Rattlegat - Painting by Gary Frier
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    Oom boy speel by Rattlegat
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