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South East Open Studios 7–23 June, 2013

The studio was open 12 – 22 June. If you missed Open Studios and would like to visit my studio then contact me and arranged a time!

The Big Picture

A community Arts Project celebrating the Queens Jubilee, 4 June 2012. This was a great success and the painting everyone produced is on display in a shop window in the the St. Georges Shopping Centre, Gravesend.

News:

2010: BT kindly allowed me up the BT Tower to take a complete panoramic series of photographs. These formed the basis for a major new work: a 360 degree panoramic painting of London over 6 canvases, each 80 x 80 cm (total width of painting 4.8 metres)
London Welcomes the World.

These were shown on 7 July at a reception at the House of Lords (organised by the Employers' Forum on Disability.

 

picture of London Panorama over 6 canvases

photo of Mike with Sally Davies, CEO BT Wholesalephoto of outside of House of Lords

  Sitting with Sally Davis, CEO BT
Wholesale.
Photo: Liz Fryer
Just to prove I was there!

Photo: Mike Fryer
 
           
 

The London Panorama London Welcomes the World has been purchased by BT Wholesale, London as part of their Permanent Collection.

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Ukraine: During May and June 2008 Mike has had two exhibitions of his abstract series Days of Creation and Faith, Hope, Love.

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Mike had joint exhibition in Ukraine from 19 October 2007 for 3 weeks:

'From Eden to... Eternity

 
  photo of Shepenkow and Fryer at opening of exhbition Mike giving a talk at opening of exhibition art shop in Cherkassy showing exhbiton poster  

Alexander Shepenkow and Mike Fryer at opening of exhibition.

Photo: Tanya Uroda.

Mike Fryer giving a talk about his work at the opening of the exhibiution (with translater!)

Photo: Tanya Uroda

Art shop in Cherkassy showing exhibition poster.

Photo: Tanya Uroda

 

Mike held a joint exhibition with Ukrainian abstract and representational painter Alexander Shepinkov From Eden to... Eternity at the Regional Countrystudy Museum of Cherkassy (the main Art Gallery of the Region) from 19 October for three weeks.

Alexander Shepinkov studied at the Lviv Art Academy and now works as a teacher of painting in an art school in Cherkassy. He has an established reputation as a talented and versatile artist specialising in abstract works and has developed a technique of applying complex multi-layers of oil or acrylic to glass. His works are in private collections in Ukraine and other countries. His work is innovative and exciting, someone to watch for future developments!

Mike Fryer has an established reputation for innovation and the quality of his abstract and landscape paintings. In the past year he has been part of the Kent-wide By Hand 8 exhibition, he had a very successful solo exhibition at Hall Place Bexley and was one of 6 artists selected for the first ko-ax exhibition at Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood. His work is held in private and corporate collections. For this exhibition he has produced ten new paintings: a series of seven on the days of creation and a series of three entitled Faith, Hope, Love.

The exhibition follows on from a visit Mike made to Ukraine in August 2007 when he met Shepinkov. He found that abstract painting was little understood in the city and suggested a joint exhibition to promote the idea of abstract painting which of course, began in Eastern Europe. When a further visit was planned for October the exhibition became a reality and is being hosted by the main regional art gallery and museum. The paintings will be exhibited in other venues in the coming months.

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Mike was made Artist of the Month (February 2007) by the National Disability Arts Forum(http://ndaf.org/etcetera/etc_archive/etc360.html#article1)

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Mike had a research paper entitled Complementarity published in the Journal of Optics & Laser Technology 38 (2006) 417-430.

Abstract:
As a painter I produce works that use heightened colour and as an important part of the composition I place complementary colours in different arrangements to produce optical effects resulting in local vibration or enhancement. But why do complementary colours have such a mutual effect? This paper discusses how complementarity occurs with reference to afterimages and simultaneous contrast including aspects of the neurophysiology of the eye and brain, the overlaying of images by retinal afterimages, the possible occurrence of involuntary saccades when viewing juxtaposed complementaries and an experimental study of the transmission spectra of images and their afterimages. Also included is a discussion of the use of complementaries in paintings.

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South East Open Studio 2007 8 to 24 June 2007.

During this exhibition Mike received an official visit form the Mayor of Dartford.

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ko-ax 23 April to 5 March 2007 at Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent.

This was the gallery's first kent open art exhibition (6 artists chosen out of 80 applicants).

Mike Fryer uses many styles and media in his work but shown here is a selection of his most recent work in acrylic exploring colour and compositional theory. Fryer's sixteen paintings of the two chimneys of Blue Circle Cement in Northfleet look to Hokusais portfolio of prints of Mount Fuji. These striking man-made structures are explored with the diligence and variety of perspectives, moods and tones. A similar exploration of colour created from casual glances of anonymous Kent countryside out of a car window which fill the canvases with a potency and charm which is immediately attractive.