|FRED DUBERY • A.R.C.A, HON. N.E.A.C • FIGURATIVE PAINTER • 1926-2011 © D.A.C.S.
As well as painting in Suffolk Fred enjoyed travelling to France and, in particular, Italy to study the paintings from Giotto onwards, and indeed earlier Pompeii paintings.
Modest, almost self-effacing, his ambition was simply to work at bettering his skills as a painter and colourist with a very particular eye view of a subject. He concentrated on a powerfully portrayed atmosphere, not given to all. Even electric light interested him together with general effects of light and shade. He painted only that which he found interesting - never "merely" to sell.
Educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon followed by conscription in the army (1944-1948) Fred then studied at Croydon Art School and then The Royal College of Art (1950-1953). He was a tutor at the Royal Academy Schools where he became Professor of Perspective in 1984. He was also a lecturer at The Walthamstow School of Art (from 1958). Fred exhibited in many places including the Royal Academy and the historic New English Art Club, being elected a member in 1956. He also held one-man shows at the Trafford Gallery and later with the New Grafton.