Clifford Frith R.B.A.

Clifford Frith R.B.A.

born 1924

Born: London, 1924

Painter, draughtsman and art teacher

Born in London in 1924, Clifford Frith was the grandson of the renowned historical genre painter, and painter of Victorian life, William Powell Frith R.A. (1819-1909).

Frith began his artistic training at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts before attending St Martin’s School of Art under the instruction of Roland Pitchforth and Victor Pasmore among others. Frith quickly became a well-known artistic figure, gaining particular notoriety as a skilled painter and draughtsman. Following his graduation Frith quickly sought training as an art teacher which would see him return to his former school in Camberwell, in addition to teaching at another London art school, Goldsmith’s College of Art. Frith later spent time visiting Nigeria with fellow artist Isabel Rawsthorne. Together they worked at the Zaria Art School (part of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology), where he secured the position Head of the Department of Fine Art. Both artists produced studies of native people and of the Nigerian landscape.

Frith has exhibited at the Royal Academy as well as more commercial London galleries including Redfern and Wildenstein's. Exhibited works include “Eirian resting”, “The Pearly Lady”, “Still Life”, “The Thameside, Greenwich” and “The Paragon, Blackheath”. Frith's work was purchased and distributed regionally by the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) and, as such, is represented by a number of public collections in Britain. Works include “Self-portrait” Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; “Boathouse Walk Bridge, Commercial Way”, “Saint Giles Church, Southside”, “Emmanuel Church, Barry Road” all of which can be found in the Southwark Art Collection; “Julie” Wolverhampton Arts Gallery, and “Wapping” in Kirklees Museums and Galleries. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London also holds one of his prints - "Fun Fair" (1947), one of 16 artist designs commissioned by the nationwide tearooms establishment, Lyon's.

In 1977 Frith moved to Australia and has since become well-known in Australian art circles as a skilled painter and sculptor. His successes in Australia have seen him contribute to a great many group artist exhibitions as well as receiving his own one-man, solo shows. Examples of his work are held in Australian institutions including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre; Parliament House, Canberra, Adelaide University, and Flinders University of South Australia.