Art
Size / / /

Gary Frier is a painter and sculptor who lives near Capetown in South Africa. You can see his work, both present and past, on InstagramSaatchi Art, and African Art Agenda.

 Gary provided the illustration for the November 18th story “Seed Vault,” by Marika Bailey.


“Skrik Wakker” © by Gary Frier

Have you always liked to draw? How was your journey with art?

Although I enjoyed drawing, I think it’s been a need to express ideas and interpreting my perceptions and experiences.

My journey with art has been a meandering one. Growing up, my family recognized my talent and enrolled me in an after-school programme and later I was encouraged to study graphic design for a “stable career.” Coming from an artless secondary education to a dubious tertiary institution was not conducive to a good start and I found myself not really fitting into either the fine art fraternity or the corporate industry. Over the years I’ve been doing various creative jobs and I now consider myself a "jack of all trades."

 

What are your artistic influences? Are there any artists you look up to?

My early influences were comics and graphic novels, particularly 2000AD and Vertigo titles. Dave McKean is a name that stands out from this large variety. My first art teacher, Garth Erasmus, became a mentor and a lifelong friend.

A few local contemporary artists I admire for their craft and aesthetics are Sophie Peters, Donovan Ward, and Vincent Sammy. However, these artists are just a few of a much bigger and ever-growing group.

 

You seem to do a lot of portraits. What do you like most about capturing the human face?

I suppose the personality of the individual would be the most important, and to that end I returned in earnest to portraiture influenced by the ideas and research of Michael Egnor (Neurosurgeon) and Rupert Sheldrake (biologist), particularly where they pertain to the materialism and dualism of consciousnesses.

 

How would you define your aesthetics?

Complicated at any given time.

 

“Hippo” © by Gary Frier

What is the process behind your work? Do you sketch a lot?

The type of work or goal really dictates the process for me. In the case of the illustration for Strange Horizons I sketched out the elements I would use from the story, scanned them in, and then manipulated them digitally until I found a few satisfactory versions. I then proceeded to illustrate the approved version using some relevant references I collected. The process does not necessarily flow in that sequence. In the past I just used to sketch and still use some of those ideas from time to time from past material; however, over recent years I've been collecting various references for various themes I want to explore and use these as seeds for artworks.

 

Besides illustrations, you also create sculptures. How is the experience of showcasing your vision through different kinds of media?

I find the use and access of various media very liberating in being able to express my craft.

 

What kind of material do you usually use on your paintings?

Most recently I used traditional oils on canvas, but for the Seed Vault illustration I used watercolour paint, watercolour pencil crayons and acrylics and digital manipulation.

 

What would be your dream art project?

The next successful project is the dream project. Usually halfway into the production process, depending on the nature of the work, when it's all gelling together is the moment of euphoria.

 

“Comb” © by Gary Frier



Dante Luiz is an illustrator, art director for Strange Horizons, and occasional writer from southern Brazil. He is a two-time PRISM Awards finalist with work featured in anthologies by Toronto Comix and Margins Publishing, among others. Find him on Twitter or his website.
No comments yet. Be the first!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Current Issue
26 Oct 2020

これは大正時代のお話である。廿世紀も早十五年を過ぎて、新世紀到来の興奮もすっかり冷めた頃合いである。
I couldn’t write any more. It turned out that the trajectory of my world had been determined by the stitches of so many regrets. It turned out that I had had so many chances to enter into a new, potentially better world.
我写不下去了。原来,我所在的世界线,是由这么多遗憾的节点织成的。原来,我有这么多机会,进入一个可能更好的世界。
Heitaro was a rational young fellow who believed in the progress and harmony of mankind. He felt nothing but contempt for ghosts and yokai and didn’t hesitate to declare that anyone scared of such insubstantial phenomena was an unenlightened imbecile. He had a habit of saying things like, “Act like you’re living in the 20th century!”
along the coast we have islands like the pirate Cofresí. Fairytale vanish has since disappeared.
Issue 19 Oct 2020
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Aber O. Grand
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 12 Oct 2020
By: Elisabeth R. Moore
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Stephanie Jean
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 5 Oct 2020
By: J.L. Akagi
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Lesley Wheeler
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Lesley Wheeler
Issue 28 Sep 2020
By: Maggie Damken
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 21 Sep 2020
By: Aqdas Aftab
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: David Clink
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 14 Sep 2020
By: Fargo Tbakhi
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Jenny Blackford
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 7 Sep 2020
By: Catherynne M. Valente
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Bethany Powell
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Bethany Powell
Issue 31 Aug 2020
By: R.B. Lemberg
By: Julia Rios
By: Sonya Taaffe
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: R.B. Lemberg
Podcast read by: Julia Rios
Podcast read by: Sonya Taaffe
Issue 24 Aug 2020
By: Leslie J. Anderson
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Leslie J. Anderson
Issue 17 Aug 2020
By: Emma Törzs
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Liz Adair
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Load More
%d bloggers like this: