Medium: Coloured etching
Dimensions: 55 x 40 cm
CHG Director's Statement: Fred Cress was one of the most successful painters of his generation. Regarded as a leader in painterly abstraction he parlayed into figurative mid career.
Cress migrated to Australia and won the Archibald Prize in 1988 with a portrait of John Beard. Cress was born in Poona, British Raj, India.
Cress has had more than 80 solo exhibitions since 1965. His art hangs in numerous public, private and corporate collections in Europe, USA and Australia, including all major State Galleries and the National Gallery of Australia.
As a painter Fred Cress continually evolves with each body of work. Obvious is his capacity for change and innovation. Cress' themes are concerned with human relationships, interactions and emotions such as lust, hate, envy and greed.
Cress lives for half of the year in Sydney and the rest of the time in his rural retreat in Burgundy, near Cluny, in France.
The highest achieved price for a work by Fred Cress has been for 'Strangers before' at Christie's which achieved $23,900 in April 2004. The second highest price was for 'Sunday' at Sotheby’s for $10,200 in April 2002.
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