About the Artist
Victoria J. Fry is a New York based painter, educator and founder of Visionary Art Collective. She was born in England and lived in Singapore as a child before moving to the United States. The formative years she spent in the English Countryside deeply impacted the beeswax paintings she creates today.
Victoria received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2012 with a concentration in painting. After graduation she was selected to be part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art program, where she taught students within the museum as well as at PS.9 in Brooklyn, NY. In 2014, Victoria received her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Maine College of Art. She then moved out to California for five years to continue her career as a painter and educator.
Victoria has exhibited her work in Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and California. She is thrilled to be back on the East coast where she finds great inspiration for her creative process. When she’s not in the classroom, Victoria can be found creating beeswax & oil paintings in her studio.
Inspired by organic forms, my beeswax paintings embody the colors, textures, and movement of the natural world. Using wax, oil, and wood, I create abstract landscapes that capture the wildly unpredictable elements of nature, and reflect fleeting moments of solace we experience when immersed in the great outdoors.
Both in their content, as well as the physical presence of each piece, I intend for my paintings to echo the sense of alchemy and mystery that one finds when wandering through a wooded forest. Moreover, I’m interested in creating polarities within my work; the contrast between light and dark, the heaviness of the wax and the delicate textures that are created, the conscious decisions that I make while surrendering to the unrestrained nature of this process. The materials I use while creating a painting are equally as important to the completed work itself.
The process of using beeswax is both spontaneous and intentional – often resulting in rhythmic, gestural strokes of color, as well as accidental marks that contribute to the overall composition. The poured wax creates a strong sense of visual movement and, in doing so, becomes the central focus of each painting. Layers of beeswax and oil paint are simultaneously built up and scraped back to create depth and texture. Utilizing palette knives, brushes, and various other tools, the wax is carved, scratched, and incised. I work back and forth between layers, adding and subtracting, until the desired result is achieved.