Mike Fryer, paintings – landscape
 
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In my landscape paintings I am using colour to express my response to what I see. The harmonious and dissonant combinations are arranged to give overall balance that conveys the sense of place, not as a fleeting moment, but with stability over time. Recently I have been exploring the fusion of landscape with abstraction to develop ways to express other aspects of the world around us so that my paintings challenge how we look at landscape and question the idea that what we see is all that there is and so I seek to express the juxtaposition of the physical with the spiritual. 

More recent paintings tend to be at or near the top of this page.

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'Mars-ish, Geological-ish, Maidstone-ish'

762 x 762 mm, acrylic on canvas

This painting explores Mars in colour and texture. ‘Space’ around the planet is lightly textured to indicate possible ‘dark matter’ that cannot be seen but in the future may be detected and hence ‘felt’, it also represents the near vacuum that is space (Earth’s outer space being at 10^-6 torr). The part of Mars in shadow reveals the many craters just glimpsed at the boundary of light and dark. The illuminated surface of Mars is peeled back to reveal the underlying geology using colours based on geological maps of Mars, somewhat simplified and with colour changes. At about ’10.30’ on the edge of the Argyre Basin (the green and blue ring near the South Pole) is a tiny red dot indicating the location of the crater named ‘Maidstone’ (click on word to see enlarged image).

 
  a painting of Mars showing its geology            
                   
                     
  Boshill, near Axemouth  

'Boshill, East Devon'

200 x 500 mm, acrylic on canvas

                   
  North Downs 2,  

'North Downs 2'

762 x 762 mm, acrylic on canvas

                   
  North Downs 1, a painting of scene near Sittingbourne, Kent  

'North Downs 1'

400 x 400 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 

 

                   
  'Derbyshire Panorama 3'  

'Derbyshire Panorama 3'

500 x 1000 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

                   
  'Derbyshire Panorama 2'  

'Derbyshire Panorama 2'

500 x 1000 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

                   
  'Derbyshire Panorama 1'  

'Derbyshire Panorama 1'

500 x 1000 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

SOLD

                   
  Derbyshire Dale, panoramic painting  

'Derbyshire Dale'

500 x 1000 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

                   
  photo of 'Monsel Dale'  

'Monsel Dale'

500 x 500 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

                   
  photo of 'Darent Valley'

'Darent Valley'

500 x 500 mm (45 mm deep), oil on canvas

                 
  photo of 'Hungerford Bridge'

'Hungerford Bridge'

500 x 500 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

                 
road to borovitsya 4  

'Ukraine Series' 'Road to Borovytsia 4'

405 x 405 mm (38 mm deep), acrylic on canvas
Click on picture to see all six paintings.

                 
Perspective Study 2  

'Perspective Study 2'

500 x 1000 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

                 
  Perspective Study 1  

'Perspective Study 1'

500 x 1000 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  London Nocturn 2  

'London Nocturn 2'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  painting of London at night  

'London Nocturn'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
               
  panorama of London  
   

'London Welcomes the World' SOLD

Six panels, each 800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep) Photo: Ian Goodrick

Available as a print reproduction (393 x 2060 mm) in an edition of 10 (only 6 left!)

 
                     
  photo of summer days, southfleet  

'Summer Days (Southfleet)'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  Chapter House, Southfleet

'Chapter House, Southfleet'

230 x 305 mm, acrylic on board

 
                     
  painting 'River (medway, Strood)'  

'River (Medway, Strood)'

500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  painting 'Farm 3 (  

'Farm 3 (Southfleet)'

500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  painting of 'Harvest (  

'Harvest (Betsham)'

500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

SOLD

 
                     
  paintinmg of Farm 2 (cliffe)  

'Farm 2 (Cliffe)'

500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  painting of Bridges of London  

'Bridges of London'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

SOLD

 
                     
  painting of Tower of London  

'Tower of London'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  painting of Meopham  

'Meopham'

500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

SOLD

 
                     
  painting of Stonewood 4  

'Edge of Stonewood 4'

500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

SOLD

 
                     
  painting of Lehman Bros building, London  

'Lehman Brothers, Canary Wharf, London'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  painting of Millennium Bridge

'Millennium Bridge'

762 x 914 mm, acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  painting of Stonewood 3  

'Edge of Stonewood 3'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 
                     
  pic of 'Chimney 1'  

'Chimney' Series: Nos. 1 to 16

300 x 300 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

A view of the two tall chimneys of the kilns at Blue Circle Cement Works, Northfleet (now Lafarge) – after Hokusai and his 36 views of Mt. Fuji.
Click on the picture to see all 16 paintings.

 
 
         

'South Darenth'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

Photo: Ian Goodrick (07860362322)

'South Darenth' a landscape with yellow fields in the forground and a simple but rich blue sky
 
pic of 'Grubb Sreet'

'Grubb Street'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

Photo: Ian Goodrick (07860362322)

               
pic of 'North Kent'

'North Kent'

800 x 800 mm (45 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 

 
pic of 'Thames Pleasure'

'Thames Pleasure'

800 x 800 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

 

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pic of 'Edge of Stonewood 2'

'Edge of Stonewood 2'

255 x 255 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas. SOLD

 

               
pic of 'Edge of Stonewood 1'

'Edge of Stonewood 1'

255 x 255 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas. SOLD

 

               
'Poplar Line, Bean' looking across farm fields to a line of poplars  

'Poplar Line, Bean'

910 x 910 mm, acrylic on canvas

 
'Triptych 1, gravesend South' a view just to the north of the A2

'Triptych 1, Gravesend South'

3 panels 500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas.

                 
'Shropshire Hill' looking across a valley to tree-covered hills

'Shropshire Hills'

762 x 914 mm, acrylic on canvas

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'Into Light' coming from a road overhung by trees into a sunlit landscape

'Into Light'

762 x 914 mm, acrylic on canvas

                 
'Small Landscape 1' a road sweeping away to the left with French countryside in the background  

'Small Landscape 1'

200 x 200 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

                 
'Small Landscape 2' a road sweeps away into the distance through the French coutryside  

'Small Landscape 2'

200 x 200 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

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'Farm 1' the entrance to a farm flanked by shrubs and leading to the end view of the farm house  

'Farm 1'

500 x 500 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas. SOLD

                 
'Ghent Canal' looking across the canal to see barges, and buildings on the opposite bank

'Ghent Canal'

762 x 914 mm, acrylic on canvas

 
'Spring Wood' looking through the trees at bluebells and disolving vegetation

'Spring Wood'

762 x 914 mm, acrylic on canvas

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'Autumn, Bean' looking across farmland to trees and a line of poplars

'Autumn, Bean'

762 x 914 mm, acrylic on canvas. SOLD

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'Steam Crane (Chatham Docks)' an old crane waiting to do something

'Steam Crane (Chatham Docks)'

610 x 711 mm, acrylic on canvas

             
'Bean' a view looking down on the main road through the village

'Bean'

508 x 610 mm, acrylic on board. SOLD

 

                 
'Summer (Provance Village)' looking over rooftops at the houses nestling together  

'Summer (Provence Village)'

508 x 610 mm, acrylic on board. SOLD

 

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  'Panorama' a view of the old road from Betsham to Swanscombe going under the A2  

'Panorama'

200 x 400 mm (40 mm deep), acrylic on canvas

A view of the old road from Betsham to Swanscombe going under the A2.

 
                   
  'Red Fields 2, Devon' a view over the landscape revealing the red Devon soil

'Red Fields 2, Devon'

457 x 559 mm, acrylic on board

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  'Poplars, Cheverny' a line of poplars forms the edge of a farm

'Poplars, Cheverny'

457 x 610 mm, acrylic on board

                   
  'Rooftops, Blois' looking over the divers rooftops to the Loire river

'Rooftops, Blois'

457 x 610 mm, acrylic on board

                   
  'Blois Street' the street is a steep climb up steps  

'Blois Street'

610 x 457 mm, acrylic on board

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  'Tilbury' a view across the Thames at the passenger terminal at Tilbury  

'Tilbury'

127 x 178 mm, acrylic on board

                   
  'Old Hastings' the 'netshops' where fishing nests were stored  

'Old Hastings'

127 x 178 mm, acrylic on board