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Martin Froy and the figurative tradition

Published Thursday 5 June 2014

Martin Froy, Figure and Garden (Standing Figure and Landscape) 1962. Copyright Martin Froy.

Sixty years on, the pioneering painter returns to Leeds with a new exhibition at the Gallery

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery showcases the work of British painter Martin Froy, celebrating the contribution Froy made to British post-war figurative painting.

Artist Martin Froy was the University's first Gregory Fellow in Painting between 1951 and 1954. Sixty years after Froy completed his Fellowship in Leeds, the University has invited him back to showcase his artwork and to explore how the Leeds residency affected his later practice. Placing Froy within the rich milieu of British figurative artists of the late 1950s and 60s, this exhibition celebrates the contribution Froy made to British post-war figurative painting, in a tradition led by contemporaries such as Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full programme of events, including the popular Burton Saturdays: free creative activities suitable for all ages. Full details can be found on the gallery events website.

Martin Froy and the Figurative Tradition exhibition is FREE, open to the public, and will run until Saturday 2 August 2014.

Part of the University Library, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is a hidden gem at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, located in the Parkinson Court.

Entrance is free for visitors to experience the University's exceptional art collection.

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