Roy Freer (1938-2021) ROI NEAC RI (Honorary) PS (Retired)

A Life’s Work

Opening Day Saturday 2nd March noon to 5pm
Exhibition continues to 24th March, 2024 5pm

Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm or by appointment

Sizes quoted are of artworks. Where enquiries of prices are made on the gallery, the work is subject to availability and the price to change.
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Black Kimono (P22)
Charcoal and Pastel
69 x 52 (cm)
£480
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Blue Saucepan early work c.1980’s (P18)
Oil on canvas
61 x 69 (cm)
£2200
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Bright Collection (P14)
Watercolour and Pencil
25 x 20 (cm)
£450
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Casting Round (P23)
Charcoal
57 x 45 (cm)
£380
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Clay Jug Cluster (P6)
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 (cm)
£1800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Clay Jug Set (P21)
Oil on canvas
51 x 61 (cm)
£2200
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Clearly Seen (P27)
Oil on canvas
25 x 31 (cm)
£900
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Colourful Moments (P10)
Watercolour and Pencil
26 x 20 (cm)
£450
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Cool Comfort (P25)
Oil on canvas
51 x 61 (cm)
£1750
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Corner Table (P16)
Oil on canvas
92 x 77 (cm)
£2550
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Dappled Shading (P7)
Oil on canvas
31 x 46 (cm)
£1250
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Disorderly Sections (P21)
Oil on canvas
77 x 62 (cm)
£2500
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Early Nude early work c1970’s (P24)
Oil on board
31 x 25 (cm)
SOLD
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Folding Chairs (FC)
Oil on canvas
77 x 92 (cm)
£2550
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Fruit and Pots Together (P2)
Oil on canvas
51 x 41 (cm)
£1800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Gilbert’s Yard, Clophill early work 1981 (P30)
Pastel
63 x 50 (cm)
£480
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Junk Room (P19)
Oil on canvas
77 x 92 (cm)
£2550
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Kettle and Blue Pot (P9)
Oil on canvas
51 x 61 (cm)
£2000
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Kitchen Clutter (BC)
Watercolour and Pencil
37 x 48 (cm)
£800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Kitchen Locations (P17)
Oil on canvas
31 x 41 (cm)
£1250
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Kitchen Sink (P10)
Watercolour and Pencil
31 x 41 (cm)
£700
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Kettle/Yellow Cross early work c.1982 (P11)
Oil on canvas
101 x 101 (cm)
£5000
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Lazy Days (P24)
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 (cm)
£1500
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Mirror View early work c1980’s (P5)
Pencil
18 x 15 (cm) NFS
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Model Sitter (P25)
Oil on canvas
51 x 61 (cm)
£1750
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Modifications (P13)
Oil on canvas
76 x 62 (cm)
£2200
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Neutral Associations (P12)
Oil on canvas
78 x 61 (cm)
£2200
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Naturally Posed (BC)
Pencil
25 x 20 (cm)
£275
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Overview (P6)
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 (cm)
£1800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Overview, River Stour (P8)
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 (cm)
£1800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Phillip’s House early work c1980’s (P22)
Charcoal
71 x 54 (cm)
SOLD
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Potted Plant (P26)
Oil on canvas
61 x 51 (cm)
£2000
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Rear Window (P14)
Watercolour
28 x 28 (cm)
£475
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Richard early work c1996 (P23)
Pencil
58 x 40 (cm)
SOLD
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Riverside Shelter (P27)
Watercolour
20 x 25 (cm)
£450
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Shaded Approach (P8)
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 (cm)
£1800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Shaded Trees early work 1980-85 (P18)
Watercolour
40 x 31 (cm)
£700
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Sundry Daffs (P17)
Oil on canvas
41 x 31 (cm)
SOLD
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Table Expanse (P15)
Oil on canvas
51 x 41 (cm)
£1800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Table Top Objects (P20)
Oil on canvas
51 x 41 (cm)
£1800
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Welcome View (P9)
Watercolour
25 x 20 (cm)
£450
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
Window Contents (P7)
Oil on canvas
31 x 41 (cm)
£1250
Roy Freer (1938-2021)
White Space (P13)
Oil on canvas
62 x 76 (cm)
£2300

Roy Freer initially studied at Birmingham College of Art in the 1950’s. It was whilst working as a lecturer at Cassio College, Watford that Roy started to exhibit in galleries around the country. During that period he was elected to the Pastel Society; being a popular and active member.

By 1982 when Roy and his family lived in Clophill, Bedfordshire, he was finding that the demand from galleries for his work required that he set up as a professional artist so he ceased his lectureship and four years later he was ready to set up his studio near Crystal Palace to meet this demand. During this time, he also became a member of the ROI; the RI and the NEAC regularly exhibiting at all these Society’s exhibitions both at the FBA and further afield. By now his work was being collected by many loyal followers.

Once established Roy moved with his wife Sally in 2000 to Sudbury, Suffolk where he worked and exhibited regularly until his final days in his purpose-built studio.

Paul Curtis, NEAC shares these memories:
Roy was a quiet and gentle friend who spoke through his paintings. In a mixed exhibition of work by members of the New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries his work would gently tap you on the shoulder as you passed by and a second look made you aware of Roy’s bigger formal ideas depicted in soft colour and light that are caught with strong, confident brush marks.

Roy’s subjects are about familiar domestic objects that he interpreted in abstract shapes of colour and tone - always figurative but never illustrative. His work reflected his determination to take a chance, he searched for truth in order to get it right. His work looks so free but it is all carefully considered.

As past students from Birmingham College of Art in the early 60’s, where the gentle Arts and Crafts philosophy touched all four of us: Tom Coates, Roy, Dennis Minchin and me would meet regularly to discuss our professional work and current exhibitions in Dennis’s wonderful garden in Bourneville.

Roy and Sally’s riverside house in Suffolk has drawings and paintings on their walls by other artists (not their own work!) and these reflect their way of life. They enhanced and reflected the thorough research that informed Roy’s creative practice.

Roy was more than a painter’s painter; his work speaks for itself. We miss him greatly - but his work lives on.

Roy Freer (1938-2021) ROI NEAC RI (Honorary) PS (Retired)

ART SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

1953 - 56 Bournville School of Art

1956 - 58 Birmingham College of Art

1968 Birmingham University Art Teachers Centre

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ANNUAL EXHIBITOR

1982 - 90 The Pastel Society

1987 Royal Institute of Oil Painters

1989 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours

2000 New English Art Club

AWARDS

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATERCOLOUR

1986 The R.I. Bronze Medal

1994 The Llewellyn Alexander Award

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF OIL PAINTERS

1986,97 The Cornellissen Prize

1992 The Catto Gallery Award

1995 The C. Roberson Prize

1997 The Stanley Grimm Prize

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1980 Digswell Arts Centre, Welwyn Garden City

1981 Luton Museum & Art Gallery

1981 Hitchin Museum & Gallery

1982 The Morley Gallery, Westminster

1983, 84 Dower House Gallery, Berkhampsted

1983 Brighton Polytechnic

1983 Walton Hall, Open University

1986 The Yarrow Gallery, Oundle School

1986 Dan Sullivan Gallery, Beford

1987 - 2000 Alternate years The Anna Mai Chadwick Gallery, London

1990 West Dean College, Sussex

1994, 96, 2000 Catto Gallery, London

1997, 99 The Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton

1998 The Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner

1998 Orleans House, Richmond

1999 The City Gallery, London

2004, 06 Cedar House Gallery, Surrey

2005 Chappel Galleries, Essex

2006 RBSA with Tom Coates, PPNEAC

2008 Wittingham Fine Art, Oxfordshire

2023 Bedford School, Bedfordshire

2024 Chappel Galleries, Essex

MIXED EXHIBITIONS

1982 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1988 The York Contemporary Arts Fair

1988 Bedford Artists Exhibition, Cyprus

1990, 91, 92, 93 The Adam Gallery, Bath

1990 The Daler Gallery, Bournemouth

1990 The RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, Pastel Exhibition

1990 The Hunting Prize Exhibition

1990 Singer Friedlander Competition

1996, 2010, 11 David Messum Gallery, London

1999 The John Blockley Gallery, Gloucestershire

1999, 2006, 22 Kentmore House Gallery, York

1999, 2000 The Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner

2000, 01, 02 The City Gallery, London

2001, 17, 18 The Thompson Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

2002, 03 Cedar House Gallery, Surrey

2003, 04 Hunter Gallery, Suffolk

2005 Islington Art Fair, London

2007 Oakham Gallery, London

2007 FBA London - ‘Originals ’ - Selected Artist

2007, 10, 12 Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge

2010, 11, 12 Wittington Fine Art - Oxfordshire

2009 FBA, London - Grand Opening - Selected Artists

2011 FBA, London - Discerning Eye - Selected Artist

2011 Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk

2011 Lime Tree Gallery, Suffolk, also Bristol

2015 The Quiddity Gallery, Andover

2018 The Geedon Gallery, Essex

2018 Chappel Galleries, Essex

2020 Sudbury Arts Centre, Suffolk

2021 FBA London - NEAC, ROI, RI - Featuring a Memorial to Roy Freer

2022 FBA, London - Roy Freer Legacy Exhibition (on-line)

COMMISSIONS

1987 The Alcoa Manufacturing UK Ltd

1992 Shell UK, Northern Ireland

1995 Fidelity Unit Trust, Snooker International

RESIDENCIES & PROJECTS

1981 Bedford Education Authority - Beech Hill School

1996 Kentmore House Gallery & County National Gardens, York

1997 Kentmore House Gallery, paintings of musicians at Early Music Festival, York

PUBLICATIONS

1986 - 2001

Throughout his Professional Career, Roy Freer contributed to Art Publications and gave Demonstrations and tutored Art Courses.

FBA, London: Federation of British Artists.

RBSA: Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.