The future is up to us to imagine.
We are inventing it, whoever and wherever we are on this beautiful planet.
Richard Fry is an artist based in Noggerup, just outside of Collie, whose work spans decades, genres and techniques.
Richard holds a Diploma in Fine Art, and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Ceramic and Glass. He has participated in numerous projects and commissions in public art and exhibited in dozens of solo and group shows. His awards include the Albany Art Prize for Best Oil Painting, the Kalgoorlie Art Prize, the Gomboc Sculpture Prize and the Rockingham City Art Prize for Best Sculpture.
Although always an artist at heart, Richard has worked in many fields and industries, which have shaped his philosophy and art along the way.
While keeping watch as a sentry on duty at the doorway to confined spaces at Muja Power Station in Collie, he had the opportunity to observe the massive enigmatic structure, and sometimes bizarre and complicated machinery.
“It is a strange environment for an artist to work,” says Richard. “An awe-inspiring place with its own inherent contradictions.”
Richard’s first large-scale sculpture, Solar Man, evolved out of a series of drawings and sculptures that drew their inspiration from the paradoxical nature of of his work at Muja. Similar sculptures were displayed at Bathers Beach in Fremantle and held in Janet Holmes à Court’s private collection.
His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of WA, the University of WA, Curtin University, Royal Perth Hospital as well as the councils of Kalgoorlie Boulder, Albany and Melville.