Gary Frier (b.1972, Cape Town) 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 to create art of a more personal nature.
He has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad including institutions and galleries.
Currently Gary is working as a freelance artist and teaching/facilitating art at a local NGO, The
Observatory Neighbourhood Afterschool Programme, which provides educational and cultural
programmes for youth at risk, and also at the Occupational Therapy Department at Valkenburg Psychiatric Hospital.
Gary Frier’s work has a strong graphic quality. He is interested in imbuing the two-dimensional image of his chosen subject with an expressive mood and personality, be it figurative or abstract. Frier combines contemporary and historical African elements and juxtaposes masks, photography, fabric detail and colour with urban figures. His themes and subjects are inspired by socio-political themes as well as the art and craft of cultures that live or have lived close to the nature. He finds inspiration in many forms of media and says that his art is about emotive reflection of his place in the world. He lives and works the Western Cape predominately from his studio at his home in Kuilsriver, Cape Town.
Exhibitions: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Kenya.
Private Collections: His work is in many private collections in Africa, Europe, America and the U.K. and Asia
Public Collections: Peuple et Culture – Brest (France), Western Cape Department of Economic Development South Africa, Bloemfontein Museum
Corporate and Government Collections:
National Art Museum Cape Town
National Art Museum (Oliewenhuis) Bloemfontein
BP South Africa (Cape Town)
Joop van den Ende Theater productions – Holland, Embassy of USA, Nairobi
Old mutual private investment
PricewaterhouseCoopers Cape Town
PPS Investments - Claremont
Benguela Cove Lagoon Coastal Wine Estate.
As well as private collections worldwide.
I believe that making art is a compulsive act of self expression that can only be realized through the collaborative act of creating and experiencing. Creating art for me is about constantly reflecting on my place in the reality. Using art to express a emotional and intellectual and tactile value, discovering how to distill and interpret my interaction with what surrounds me and documenting that personal relationship.