Elizabeth Fritsch returns to Cardiff
- 1 November 2011
Thanks to the support of the Art Fund and the Derek Williams Trust, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has acquired two new pieces by Elizabeth Fritsch, a major Welsh-born ceramic artist.
Elizabeth Fritsch, Counterpoint Vase in Twelve Tones & Optical Bowl with Fractured Rim
Â© The artist / Photo: Robin Maggs
Thanks to the support of the Art Fund and the Derek Williams Trust, Amgueddfa Cymru â€“ National Museum Wales has acquired two new pieces by Elizabeth Fritsch, a major Welsh-born ceramic artist.
Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art at National Museum Wales explains why Fritschâ€™s style is so unique, 'Elizabeth Fritsch is a major contemporary artist, whose work is as rewarding visually as it is appealing to the mind. Key aspects of Fritschâ€™s style are apparent in these two new works, from the precise, almost architectural, hand-built forms and the meticulously painted and worked fresco-like surface, to the intense interest in musical rhythm, optical effects and sophisticated colour relationships.'
The first of a number of outstanding ceramicists to graduate from the Royal College of Art in the early 1970s, Fritsch marked a move away from the dominant wheel-thrown approach to ceramics. She developed a distinctive style based on her own particular hand-building technique and a unique approach to colour and painting in three dimensions. Her flattened â€˜2Â½-dimensionalâ€™ forms, creating visual illusions and playing with different optics, established her reputation as a unique and important artist.
Stephen Deuchar at the Art Fund commented, 'These new pieces by Elizabeth Fritsch are a great example of an acquisition which is nationally and regionally significant and which will be hugely appreciated by visitors.'