Remembering Katherine Mary Fryer, 1910 - 2017

07 February 2017

Alumna Katherine Mary Fryer passed away peacefully on 11 January 2017, aged 106. Katherine (Kate) studied at Leeds College of Art from 1926 - 1931. She was a painter, wood engraver and teacher who continued to produce work until her 101st year. 

Fryer Outdoor Sketching PartyImage: Outdoor sketching party with Mr. Pope on the banks of the Warfe.  From left to right, McGrath, Gill, Mr. Pope, Katie Fryer, Colin Corfield, George scott, Meg Lawson, Iris Oldham and Percy Driver. Image courtesy of Katherine Fryer.

Born in Leeds, 26th August 1910, Kate enrolled as a student at what was then known as Leeds School of Art at the age of 16. After leaving College Kate worked at Bath School of Art, and Leicester Museum and Art Gallery before taking up a teaching post at Birmingham College of Art, where she remained until her retirement from teaching in 1970.

Fryer Monsieur et MadameImage: Katherine Fryer, Monsieur et Madam, c.2002. Image courtesy of E.M Scott

Kate is remembered as a highly regarded artist, who has works in various private and public collections including the Royal Academy of Art, Leeds Museums and Galleries and Birmingham City University collection.

Fryer Farm near HarewoodImage: Katherine Fryer, Farm Near Harwood, Woodcut. Image courtesy of E.M Scott

You can read more about Katherine Mary Fryer HERE and HERE.

Katherine Fryer 105 BirthdayImage: Katherine Fryer on her 105th birthday in 2015. Image courtesy of E.M Scott