1926 - 2011

Fred Dubery

Frederick Thomas Stanley Dubery, was born at Croydon, Surrey on 12 May 1926, only child of Frederic Dubery (25 March 1891-1977), a dental mechanic, and his wife Gladys Lydia née White (6 June 1899-1968), who married at Edmonton in 1922, although Fred described himself as 'a native of Suffolk'. His early years were clouded by a stammer and he left Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon aged 16, with a marked lack of confidence but a singular and abiding sense of style. After working in an advertising agency, at the age of 18 was conscripted into the Royal Artillery as a map-maker, joining the allied advance across northern France and Germany. After demobilisation he studied at Croydon School of Art 1949-1950 and at Royal College of Art 1950-1953 where he was awarded a painting prize by Francis Bacon (1909-1992). Graduating in 1953, he lived at Thornton Heath but maintained a studio at the home of sculptor Marc Clark (born 1923) and his wife Rowena, at Palace Road, Streatham Hill, whilst teaching painting and drawing part-time at Croydon College of Art and in 1964, being invited by keeper Peter Greenham (1909-1992), became a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy Schools, where he was appointed Professor of Perspective in 1984, at the same time working as a part-time senior lecturer at his old Royal College of Art until 1989. Fred Dubery was elected to the New English Art club in 1956 and made an honorary life member in 1996. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy 1955-2007 also showing at the New English Art Club; Leicester Galleries and Roland, Browse & Delbanco and had solo shows at Trafford Gallery; New Grafton Gallery since 1974 and Sebastian Pearson Gallery, Cambridge. Whilst teaching at Walthamstow School of Art in 1963, he met fashion tutor Joanne Brogden, who had a base at Cap díAntibes and they began joint adventures abroad and they married at Marseilles in 1965, from which time they spent Easter and summer vacations sketching in France or Italy. While visiting close friends and fellow artists Lionel Bulmer and Margaret Green, they found and rented a moated and near-derelict Suffolk long house near Rattlesden and in 1968, they purchased a former dairy farm Buxhall Lodge at Great Finborough, Stowmarket, Suffolk and for the next 40 years this setting was the backdrop for Fredís pictures. He always worked in oils, loving the manipulation of pigment, and working thinly and with beeswax to gain a translucent quality, painting landscapes around the River Dove and at Gun Hill, Southwold. A series of strokes ended his painting career and he died in West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmund's, on 8 April 2011 and on the day that he died, several of his pictures were accepted for a New English Art Club survey at Messumís in Londonís Cork Street. He was the author of two books 'Drawing Systems' (1972) and 'Perspective and Other Drawing Systems' (1983).

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