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Fryer was an award-winning but mainly regionally known artist who specialized in
wood engravings. If her work had never been promoted after her 90th birthday, she
might have become a forgotten figure in the arts.
Mary Fryer was born on August 26, 1910, in Leeds, and attended Leeds
College of Art, where she first encountered wood engravings, from 1926 to 1931.
Between the late 1930s and her retirement in 1970, she held several positions
as a teacher, but also painted, with works shown in the Leicester Museum and
Art Gallery. She settled in Birmingham in the 1940s, and became a member of the
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in 1966. Three years later, she
won the Hoffman Wood (Leeds) Gold Medal for her painting Pigeon Show.
her retirement as a teacher, she began to paint and draw full-time. Although several
of her works were shown at museums or in private collections, she only gained
national attention in her later years. In 2000, at the age of 90, she published
a book of her memories and her woodblock engravings, and held a one-woman
exhibition of 72 works, entitled One
Point of View, at the RBSA. Ten years later, in her 100th year, the RBSA
featured a selection of her work in its exhibition Ten Years at St Paul Square. Today, her works are shown in museums throughout
Fryer died on January 11, 2017, in Birmingham, at the age of 106,
engraving six points to WEP (one for the hit, five for the solo).
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