Fry, Anthony. (6 of 32). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    Fry, Anthony (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 6. Anthony Fry’s [AF] paintings at Edinburgh and Camberwell. Coldstream. History of art at Edinburgh but not C20. AF’s aims as a painter at Edinburgh. Further details Edinburgh course; stayed approx three terms. Jeffrey Camp visited AF’s Edinburgh studio, also Patrick George. AF’s painting in Edinburgh studio, details of Suzannah and the Elders. His need for a theme. Sees painting a hard profession, stopped for about two years, 1964-6, life in state of collapse. Began working again in studio in Maida Vale, cut self off. Lost time and patrons, took long time to re-establish self. Work now better than ever. Details of period when stopped painting. Fathered two children by different mothers, details. Destructive relationship. Details of work prior to this in studio in Covent Garden. Paintings of dancers. Influence of Martin Froy. Details of four dancers painted on panels, shown at Leicester Galleries. Transition from small paintings to panels. Influence of Signorelli’s work at Orvieto. The Road to Zagora.

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