Fry, Anthony. (23 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 23. Comments on how critics perceive Anthony Fry’s [AF] paintings; mentions John McEwon wrote something about him. Remarks on success of his shows; mentions John Sainsbury [JS] often buys AF’s works; remarks on Andrew Karsch, an American, who collects many of AF’s works; describes Karsch’s apartment in Brooklyn. Discussion of paintings JS bought over the years; AF’s painting periods. Discussion on painting in Italy compared to England; influenced by Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello. Comments on Piero’s works in the ‘Resurrection’, Arezzo and the Madonna in Monterchi. Discussion about teaching at Camberwell; mentions Gilbert Spencer, head of painting then Robert Medley and the head of the school, Ian Tregarthen-Jenkins [phonetically transcribed]. Comments on students he taught; his house in Camberwell; moving to London from Bath; the family stayed behind. Comments on teaching at Chelsea; got job from Gowing after returning from Harkness Fellowship in America; mentions that Caulfield and John Hoyland taught there; CA taught at Chelsea. Discussion about AF’s teaching approach at Chelsea; drawing from models; mentions Martin Froy took over from Gowing; later Colin Gena [phonetically transcribed] took over then Miles Murphy. Remarks on working in London and living in the country. Mentions William Coldstream and liking the work of Euan Uglow. Description of BH’s being in Wiltshire with 2 small children while AF teaching in London; BH carried on painting; she taught in Bristol at ‘loony bin’. Several anecdotes about Robert Hempville [phonetically transcribed], a psychiatrist who ought AF’s and Tony Eyton [TE] work, and his psychiatric work. BH happy with this work; mentions daughter went to school in Corsham.

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