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Artist Biographies

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Fitton, E. Hedley
Folkestad, Bernhard Dorotheus
Fraser, Donald Hamilton
Freilicher, Jane
Friedlaender, Johnny Gotthard

E. Hedley Fitton

E. Hedley Fitton
1859-1929
English etcher and engraver of architectural subjects

Hedley Fitton was born in Manchester, UK and was a pupil at the Warrington School of art. He worked throughout England, Scotland, France and Italy creating architectural etchings. After living in Didsbury in the early 1890’s while working as an editor and illustrator for The Daily Chronicle in Manchester, he spent his later life living at Haslemere. He worked mainly in printmaking throughout his career in Scotland, France and Italy. He became as Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1903 and a full member in 1908.

Bernhard Dorotheus Folkestad

Bernhard Dorotheus Folkestad
1879-1933
Norwegian and English affiliated, Impressionistic painter known for interior scenes, landscapes, and still life subjects

Bernhard Dorotheus Folkestad was born in London in June of 1879, where his father assisted at the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission in England. In 1882, the family moved to Drammen, where Bernhard grew up. After graduating at the Drammen Latin School in 1896, he started as an apprentice in the discipline of decoration in Christiania, before going to Copenhagen in 1902. From 1903-1904, Folkestad was a pupil of naturalist Laurits Tuxen at the Peder Severin Kroyer painting school, before returning to Norway in 1904. The following year, he debuted at the Autumn Exhibition in Oslo with a painting that was purchased for the National Gallery. Throughout the next ten years or so, Folkestad traveled and studied in Lubeck, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris. In 1916, his family moved to Oslo, and he built a studio in a cottage on Brotsoy in Tjome. In 1921, he started writing and publishing a series of essays and articles, some of which included drawings, for Norwegian newspapers. He died in 1933, and his works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Norway.

Donald Hamilton Fraser

Donald Hamilton Fraser, RA
1929-2009
British abstract landscape painter

Born on July 30, 1929, in London, England, Donald Hamilton Fraser studied at St Martin's School of Art, London from 1949 to 1952. He gained a French Government Scholarship to Paris in 1953 where he lived and worked for two years, from 1953 to 1954. In 1957, he became Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, where he remained until 1983. Fraser has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe, the United States, and Japan. His first solo show was held in 1953 at Gimpel Fils, London, where he continued to exhibit throughout the fifties and sixties, also exhibiting at Paul Rosenberg, New York throughout the sixties and seventies. His work has been included in many national and international group exhibitions. Fraser was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1970, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1983, and was elected Royal Academician in 1985.

Jane Freilicher

Jane Freilicher
1924-2014
American, New York-affiliated lyrical landscape and still life painter

Born Jane Niederhoffer in 1924 in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, she eloped at the age of seventeen with Jack Freilicher, a jazz pianist. Through him, she met another musician, Larry Rivers, whom she influenced to become a painter and with whom, after her marriage was annulled in 1946, she had a romantic relationship. She studied art at Brooklyn College, earning her B.A. in 1947, and at Columbia, where she received her M.A. in art education in 1948. The critical influence on her development, however, was the time she spent with Hofmann at his schools in Manhattan and Provincetown, Mass. — an apprenticeship she undertook, with Rivers, at the urging of the artist Nell Blaine. She had her first solo show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1952. In 1957 she married Joseph Hazan, a wealthy clothing manufacturer, former dancer and Sunday painter, who died in 2012. With time, the brushy bravura of her early work evolved into a more lyrical style that evoked the subtleties of visual perception. Influenced by Bonnard, Vuillard and Matisse, she took as her subject matter the cityscape outside her Greenwich Village penthouse apartment, interiors with still life objects and, after she began spending summers in Water Mill, N.Y., in the 1950s, the marshes and potato fields of eastern Long Island. She put her expressionist style of paint-handling and allover approach to the canvas at the service of recognizable images, a course that made her an outsider in an era dominated by abstraction. (Source: The NY Times obituary of the artist)

Johnny Friedlaender

Johnny Gotthard Friedlaender
1912-1992
French/Polish abstract aquatint etcher

Johnny Friedlaender was born in Pless (Silesia) Poland, and his early studies were in Breslau under Otto Mueller. In 1936, he travelled to Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Belgium. He fled to Paris in 1937 as a political refugee of the Nazi regime, and in the same year held an exhibition of his etchings. From 1939-1943, he was interned in a series of concentration camps. After freedom in 1944, he began a series of twelve etchings entitled, “Images du Malheur.” In 1948, he had his first exhibition in Copenhagen at the Galerie Birch, and the following year showed at Galerie La Hune in Paris. After living in Paris for thirteen years, he became a French citizen in 1950. He has exhibited in Tokyo, Italy, Amsterdam, Brazil, Puerto Rico, New York, and Washington, D.C. From his atelier in Paris, he instructed young artists who themselves became noteworthy, including Graciela Rodo Boulanger. In 1978 the Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris held a retrospective of his works. In 1987, he was given a second retrospective at the Bremen Art Museum, and five years later a third in Bonn at the municipal council offices. He died in Paris at the age of 89 in 1992.

   
   

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