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Painter, cartoonist, book illustrator, stage designer and muralist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, brother of the artist Ian Friers. He attended Belfast College of Art on a scholarship, having trained in lithography with S C Allen, Belfast. Most Irish newspapers went on to use Friers’ work, plus periodicals such as Radio Times and Dublin Opinion. He was noted for his amusing caricatures of notabilities, such as the politicians Enoch Powell and Ian Paisley, in the National Portrait Gallery. Ulster Museum and Art Gallery and Arts Council of Northern Ireland also hold his work. He was a member of RUA and Ulster Watercolour Society. Friers was granted an honorary master’s degree by the Open University for contributions to art. He showed with CEMA, RHA, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in the American tour of Contemporary Ulster Artists.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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