Artist retraces steps for latest exhibition

August 29, 2017 by  

Former Ringwood Primary School student Gavin Fry has returned to the site where he was a student but this time, 60 years later, it is to host his own exhibition.

What used to be a school is now an art gallery in a new cultural hub within

the Maroondah Federation Estate near Croydon, Victoria.

“The place has such resonance to me, I knew it as a school,”

said Mr. Fry.

The former student said his art was inspired by landscapes he had seen from around Ringwood during his early years as well as Newcastle, New South Wales , where he lives today.

Entitled `Gavin Fry: Full Circle’, the exhibition features 45 works of traditional landscapes he has completed including early paintings from his art student days to the present day.

The latter, he said, embrace abstract form and vibrant colour.

“The whole idea of this exhibition is looking at 50 years developing as an artist, with the odd story that I started as an arts and crafts teacher 50 years ago when I lived in Ringwood, just around the corner from the school.”

he said.

During his career, Gavin Fry’s name has appeared on business cards as both a curator and museum director for institutions including Canberra’s Australian War Memorial and the Newcastle Museum.

Mr. Fry has also published over 20 books on the subject of art and history in Australia.

The exhibition will run until September 23 at the Maroondah Access Gallery.