British artist Anthony Fry was a figurative painter who rejoiced in light, colour and what the critic Bryan Robertson once described as “sensuous fantasy”. He was born in Theydon Bois, Essex. A cousin of the esteemed art critic, Roger Fry, he trained at Edinburgh College of Art and then at Camberwell College of Art, where he was taught by William Coldstream, Victor Pasmore, and Laurence Gowing. Fry then went on to teach at Camberwell, and subsequently at Bath Academy, located then at Corsham Court, where his fellow tutors included Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, William Scott, and Howard Hodgkin (who was also Fry’s cousin).
Fry travelled widely throughout his life, spending many months at a time living and working in Italy, Spain, Morocco, and – towards the end of his life – India. India became a central source of inspiration; a place much loved by the artist who gained inspiration from the landscape, culture, and the people he met there.