Freda Surgenor

Freda works in fine detail using strong colour to create pieces which glow with life
and light. This results in highly successful warm paintings that demonstrate her ability to capture and recreate the images realistically. This is reflected by the number of her works which are highly sought after by collectors both in Australia and overseas.

Art Work

Blue Wren

Size: 15 x 15cm

 

A Spring day in Tuscany

Size: 80 x 67cm

A Group of Five

Size: 43 x 80

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Floral fountain, France

Size: 65 x 79cm

Visitors

Size: 95 x 142cm

Sunshine and shadows, France

Size: 86 x 60cm

Time for a drink, France

Size: 28 x 36cm

Mandarins and Grapes

Size: 21 x 21cm

Morning Visitors

Size: 30 x 42 cm

Cloisonne Vase

Size: 21 x 21cm

Freda's Biography

Freda was born in Harrow, England and studied art and later graphic design and illustration at Bourneville School of Art, Birmingham, United Kingdom. She worked in London as a graphic designer in Publishing as well as illustrating two children’s books and teaching art for several years.


Since coming to Australia in 1982 Freda has established herself through solo exhibitions and group shows as a highly respected watercolour painter. In 1990 her painting “Backyard” and “Backyard Pool” toured Australia in the prestigious National Exhibition - Portrait of Australia. In 1994 “Dockscape” was selected and hung in the Salon de Refuses at the S.H. Ervin Gallery. Freda’s painting “Sweet Indulgence” was included as a finalist in the Australian Artist’s new magazine Water Colour Annual ’97.

A multi-award-winning artist, including the Mosman Art Prize and awards at the Royal Easter Show, she was approached by the print distributors Art Throughout Australia with a view to reproducing her work. There are now three of her reproductions in circulation. Freda has been doing Life Drawing for many years and is now convenor of her own life drawing sketch group. She had taught life drawing workshops for both the St. George Art Society and for Art In Action - an art learning experience run by the Combined Art Societies of Sydney at the Meroo Conference Centre, Kurrajong in May every year.

 

Freda, who has always been interested in people, both at work and play, demonstrates a high level of excellence using vibrant colours to depict a great variety of subjects from landscapes through cityscapes, still-life, floral portraiture, life painting and underwater scenes brought to life through her love of SCUBA Diving. Freda learned to dive at Aquatic Explorers Cronulla, with her husband and daughter eighteen months ago and after doing her Advanced course gained the “Underwater Photographer” specialty with the same dive school, and has been doing marine paintings using her own photos as reference material.

 

Being dedicated to her work, when Freda is not painting she is visualising and dreaming about painting. Believing that a good draughtsmanship is the basis for any successful painting - which means, Freda never stops drawing. 

EXHIBITIONS:

1965 Curwin Gallery, London
1970 Heals Fine Art Gallery, London
1973 Edition Graphique, London
1984 Glen Gallery, Cronulla
1985 Primrose Gallery, Cronulla
1989 Sylvania Gallery
1990 Primrose Lane Gallery
1990 Herald Heritage Award
1991 National Exhibition Portrait of Australia
1992 Von Dorff Gallery, Ramsgate
1993 Von Dorff Gallery, Ramsgate
1994 Old Bakery Gallery, Lane Cove
1995 Dave Wood Gallery, Batemans Bay
1996 Charles Hewitt Gallery, Woollahra
1996 Ramsgate Gallery, Ramsgate
2011 Charles Hewitt Gallery, Woollahra
2012 Moulton Galleries, Mosman October

2016 Moulton Galleries, Mosman October

2018 Moulton Galleries, Mosman October

777 Military Road

Mosman

Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2088

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Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm

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