Mike Fryer, statement & history
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About my work

Mike’s great love in painting is for landscape (rural or city) either as large panoramas or smaller, more intimate works. Over the past few years he has been exploring ways to paint landscapes that question the idea that all we see is all there is, a view that relies on a materialistic outlook and denies the spiritual. His paintings use elements of abstraction, heightened colour and simplification that transcends the figurative.

Using his background in science as a theoretical pool of ideas he also explores colour theory, spatial dimensions and curvilinear perspective to find new ways to explore reality and engage the viewer. Despite the heavy dose of theory, Mike believes it is important to remember that the paintings are still landscapes!

His digital prints are made with the use of a computer and a high grade ink-jet printer using stable pigment-based ink; the digital prints start as a sheet of blank electronic ‘paper’ and are ‘drawn’ or ‘painted’ using an electronic pen. The digital prints include series such as ‘Stamp – NSU Spider’, ‘ Stamp – Vostok 6’ and ‘Dockyard’ plus individual prints ‘Blind-Sight’, ‘Deaf-Listening’ and ‘Dreams’.

Mike has several paintings in corporate collections and was the first painter from the EU to be exhibited in Cherkassy (a city in the centre of Ukraine).

Exhibitions (Various, including):
2001 short-listed for the ‘Corner Art Prize’, London.
2001 selected for the ‘By Hand 3’ exhibition at the County Gallery, Maidstone.
2002 selected for the ‘By Hand 4’ exhibition at the County Gallery, Maidstone.
2003 exhibited at the ‘Contemporary Print’ show at London Print Studio.
2004 short-listed for the Arundell Trust Art Exhibition Prize and exhibited at St Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, London.
2004 three works (comprising 14 canvases) accepted for the ICI/LDAF exhibition ‘Still Inspired’ running for one year at ICI Corporate Centre, London.
2005 exhibition ‘La Joie de Vivre’ at Nevill Gallery, Canterbury.
2005 surgery on both shoulders - not much painting for nearly a year!
2006 part of ‘By Hand 8’ at Dartford Public Library during December.
2007 solo show 'Listening Colour' Dashwood Gallery, Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley, Kent.
2007 part of ‘ko-ax’ open art competition, Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent.
2007 joint exhibition ‘From Eden to... Eternity’ Regional Countrystudy Museum of Cherkassy, Ukraine
2008 work exhibited at BT Wholesale, London
2008 work exhibited at Baltic Exchange, London
2008 work exhibited at LloydsTSB, London
2008 solo show at Npower Corporate Centre, Swindon
2009 joint exhibition at BT Wholesale, London.
2010 joint work exhibited at reception at British Olympic Association and Paralympic Association, London.
2010 joint exhibition at BT Wholesale, London.
2010 work included in ‘From the Darkness’ at Little St Peter's Church, Brighton, part of Brighton Festival Fringe organised by Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood.
2010 exhibition at Employers’ Forum on Disability, Gold Reception at the Garden Museum, London.
2010 joint exhibition British Olympic Association and Paralympic Association, London.
2010 solo work exhibited at reception at House of Lords (organised by Employers’ Forum on Disability).
2010 solo exhibition at BT Wholesale, London.
2011 work exhibited at Art in the Dockyard Exhibition, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent.
2011 joint exhibition at Employers’ Forum on Disability, Gold Reception at Church House, London.
2011 joint exhibition ‘Just The Way We Are’ joint exhibition with Sevenoaks Visual Art Forum at ArtsSpace, Cranbrook Library, Kent.
2011 joint exhibition ‘Artists Access to Art Colleges’ (AA2A) University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury.
2011 Contributing four A1 prints to Shape Arts Pop-Up Galleries.
2012 Painting another panorama of London.
2012 ‘The Big Picture’ (4 June), Community Arts project to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
2012 Taking time out from exhibitions to paint.
2014 Two print reproductions of ‘London Welcomes the World’ auctioned at the BT Sport Relief Ball (The Grosvenor House Hotel, London) on March 26, 2014.
2015 Exhibiting at Xross-PolyNation Art Gallery, Maidstone.
2016 joint exhibition ‘The Art of Being’ at Xross-PolyNation Art Gallery, Maidstone.
2016 solo exhibition ‘Continuum’ at Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley.
2017 Maidstone International Arts Festival, exhibited paintings at two venues.
2017 Pure Arts Group Autumn Fair.
2017 ‘Masquerade’ at Wing Gallery,
Wadhurst, East Sussex.
2018 Short-listed, exhibited and included in exhibition book of Chaiya Art Award 2018, gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London.

Member of South East Open Studios 2000–2016 (web-only member 2016).

Works in collections:
2005 Two works in the ICI Permanent Collection: a single canvas ‘Heaven and Earth’ and a ten canvas work entitled ‘The Commandments’.
2011 The major painting ‘London Welcomes the World’ purchased by BT Wholesale for their Corporate Collection.

2002 awarded a residency at London Print Studio.
2002 awarded a grant from Southern & South East Arts to develop digital artwork.
2007 ‘Artist of the Month’ National Disability Arts Forum (www.ndaf.org).
2009 Accepted on the ‘Sync SE’ leadership in the arts development programme, a two-year training course funded by Arts Council England, South East with funds from Accentuate.
2010 awarded Artists' Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) residency at University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury.
2011 the digital print ‘Dockyard Water’ shortlisted for MacWorld Digital Artist of the Year, 2011.
2011 the digital print ‘Wheelchair-bound’ selected as AA2A ‘Pic of the Week’ April.
2011 The digital print ‘Wheelchair-bound’ chosen as the ‘Pic of the week’ by AA2A and shown on their Twitter page: http://twitpic.com/4k0ial

1989: Co-author and joint illustrator ‘The Woodland Ecology Pack’, published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.
2001: ‘Painting in harmony’ article in South East Arts ‘Disabled People and the Arts’ Newsletter.
2005: Various paintings featured in ‘Limited Edition’ magazine and ‘Focus’ magazine.
2006: Fryer MJ. Complementarity. Optics and Laser Technology; 38: 417–430. A discussion and investigation of complementary colour featuring two paintings by the author.
2009 Fryer MJ. Sensations from Nature. International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics; 4, No. 3 (2009) 219–227.
2010 In progress: ‘Living Colour’ an examination of colour in plants and painting.
2018 Painting included in: Ann Clifford, ‘Where is God in our 21st century world?’, Chaiya Art Award, published by Instant Apostle, Watford.