Open Studios - Melba Hwy
12 & 13 October 2019
Stainless Steel & Glass Sculptures
Art at Linden Gate,
899 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd,
I am very interested in my environment although very different to where I grew up, still has the same issues of sustainability, social and human relations and problems in everyday life. Many of my sculptures capture experiences from daily life or focus on the environment, rebirth and new life. I use stainless steel sometimes combined with glass, concrete, wood or granite.
Public Art is my passion and I was instrumental in establishing the Australian National Committee for the International Association of Art (UNESCO) and representing Australia at international symposiums in Germany, Iraq, Spain, Japan and Mexico.
My move to the Yarra Valley in 1986 inspired me to create works reflecting on the encroachment of suburbs into the rural environment.
In 1996 I conceived and organised the International Sculpture Event in Toolangi which saw International artists from the Asia Pacific region along with Australian artists spend two weeks working in the forest, creating substantial and some ephemeral sculptures with materials found in the forest. The Toolangi Sculpture Trail's 20th anniversary in 2016 was celebrated with a new generation of Australian environmental artists being inspired by and creating sculptures with forest materials in the Toolangi Forest.
2010 completed Masters of Fine Art (Research).
I have had many solo exhibitions and continue to participate in group exhibitions. My most recent solo exhibition, in 2014, was a retrospective survey which followed my artistic journey over 6 decades.
I have produced commissions for many prestigious organisations including; Melbourne University; Telecom, Sydney; Victorian Police Headquarters; Catholic University, Melbourne; Melbourne Magistrates Court; Monash University; St Ita’s Catholic Church, Drouin; Black Saturday Bushfire Memorial, Yarra Glen.
I have also created architectural features for many Australian churches using dalle de verre glass combined with concrete.
In the words of Art Historian Sasha Grishin;
“[Fries] is a sculptor whose work has a sense of elegance and classical economy of means. He creates simple, uncluttered designs which are intelligible at a glance and yet have plenty of scope for further exploration”.
Ernst Fries & Harvest (Ger)
Bushfire memorial Yarra Glen