Meyer Gallery Announces One Man Show for Contemporary Landscape Painter Douglas Fryer
From Kelly Skeen / Meyer Gallery:
Douglas Fryer’s loosely discernable landscapes are formed from abstract marks, soft edges, and washed layers that reveal nature’s complex beauty. Through this spontaneous painting process Fryer suggests rather than explains the landscapes that inspire him, which are typically less than picturesque. “A scene that is a little less stereotypically lovely often becomes fascinating in a different way,” says the artist. Fryer’s paintings in his upcoming solo show are a continuation of this unique approach to landscape painting, but with added insight and refined methods.
“I want to get closer each time to revealing and giving significant form to that elusive image that resides in the back of my head,” says Fryer of his evolving artistic endeavors. “The point of departure for the process is an emotional response to my environment — the subtleties of nature, the divisions of space, the notes of color and value that enliven my senses and arouse the interest in making a sort of parallel statement in paint.” Fryer’s new work is a response to his natural environment in central Utah, where he closely observes and interprets craggy mountain silhouettes, broad green valleys, and foggy winter skies. In this exhibition in this exhibition Fryer also plans to feature still life and floral works that focus on the abstract elements of the subjects themselves. “It doesn’t mean that the subject is unrecognizable,” says Fryer of this approach. “It’s just subordinate to the process and materials, playing a supporting role to the content rather than being the content itself.”
Douglas Fryer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised in Illinois and California. He received his BFA from Brigham Young University, where he also completed an MFA in painting and drawing. Fryer has taught fine art and illustration at BYU, the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He currently lives and works in Spring City, Utah.
“Douglas Fryer: One Man Show” runs November 16–23, 2018, at Meyer Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico). For more information, please visit www.meyergalleries.com.