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Artists > Roy Freer RI ROI NEAC

Since becoming a full time artist over twenty years ago Roy Freer's work has shown a single minded focus in using overlays of rich colour to depict still life, figure and landscape as a way of presenting a visual understanding of his subject. Working from a familiar selection of either studio based still life objects, or outdoor features he continues to explore the tension held both within and between objects to a degree whereby they are held by the fulcrum of the painting.

His present work is concerned with the interpretation of the subject as a visual experience rather than a physical factual response. For Roy it is not so much a case of loosing the identity of the object so much as becoming more aware of the less tangible qualities within appearances. Objects are seen disguised and visually modified by light, shade, space and distance resulting in the fragmentation of colour and form.

Roy Freer shows an engagement with the medium in the manner of his over-layering brush marks. These act as directional indications that underpin the main structure of his paintings and the whole is suffused with lighting that is depicted in strong shafts of colour across the canvas.

Throughout his career Roy Freer has gained a number of prestigious awards and his work is held in many public and private collections.
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 1986 The R.I. Bronze medal
  1994 The Llewellyn Alexander Award Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Institute of Oil Painters 1986,97 The Cornelissen Prize
  1992 The Catto Gallery Award
  1995 The C. Roberson Prize
1997 The Stanley Grimm Prize
De Montford University 1997 Higher Certificate Distinction - Life Drawing
The Alcoa Manufacturing UK Ltd 1987 Paintings of Helicopters and Road Transport Vehicles
Shell. UK 1992 Paintings of Ireland for the Company's calendar
Fidelity Unit Trust. Snooker International 1985 Painting of the snooker final between Steve Davis and Jimmy White
1986 The Artist
1988 Art Review
1988,91 Artist and Illustrator's Magazine
1989 'Creating a Self Portrait', by Tom Coates, Pub. Michael Beazley
1990,92,2000 Leisure Painter
1994 'The Complete Drawing Course' by Ian Simpson, Pub. Collins
1994 Country Living Magazine
1995 'The Artist's Manual', Pub. Collins
1997 Antique Collecting Magazine
2001 The Winsor & Newton Magazine
Professional Membership & Annual Exhibitor
1982-90 The Pastel Society
1987 Royal Institute of Oil Painters
1989 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
2000 New English Art Club

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