Katherine Fryer, painter and printmaker – obituary

Katherine Fryer
Katherine Fryer

Katherine Fryer, who has died aged 106, was a painter and printmaker known for her landscapes, coastal scenes and still lifes; her deft and vigorous figurative style owed a debt to French painters like Bonnard and Renoir.

Born in Leeds on August 26 1910, Katherine Mary Fryer enrolled as a student at what was then Leeds School of Art in 1926, where she was inspired by such figures as E Owen Jennings (who encouraged her interest in wood engraving), Loris Rey and Jacob Kramer, winning the Princess of Wales Scholarship and graduating in 1931.

Interviewed in 2003, Katherine Fryer recalled that during her time at the college, the “winds of change” were blowing through its studios: “Down came the prints of Bacchus and Ariadne and The Origin of the Milky Way and up went Sunflowers and Mont Sainte-Victoire.

"Things were looking up but some of the old studio taboos still held sway; drawing and painting...


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