Drawing Room Study 5
Acrylic, oil, enamel and marker pen on canvas
198 x 163 cm
Fry’s interest in psychology is explored through both his process and subjects. By working from etchings, the origin of Fry’s images is already an inverted field; a metaphorical subconscious terrain which Fry then explores and traverses though paint. This idea of paralleled existence, a state between internal and external experience, is envisioned through his use of the doubled figure. Drawing Room Study 5 presents a figure and its equal reflection. Fry renders these with a frenetic physicality, as if their bodies are unfixed or unravelling, a sensation that’s heightened by the contrasting geometric framing. Along the bottom of the canvas the number 8 is repeated in obsessive scrawl, a symbol of perfection and infinity, a tantalising allusion to a tendency to obsession, which at times has both tormented and driven his work.