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Fred Cress

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Frederick Harold "Fred" Cress AM 10 July 1938 – 14 October 2009 was a British painter who migrated to Australia and won the Archibald Prize in 1988 with a portrait of John Beard

Cress was born in Poona, British Raj, but went to England with his parents in 1948, when he was ten He was educated at the Birmingham College of Art in England, and migrated to Australia in 1962 as a "ten pound Pom", meaning that he only had to pay ten pound for his fare to Australia Cress met the painter Anne Judell and married her in 1967, they divorced in 1991 He started his career painting figuratively, but became well known for his abstract work in the late 60s and 70s He returned to figurative painting in the late 80s after he won the Archibald Prize with a portrait of his friend and colleague, John Beard He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for services to visual arts

In 1990 Cress bought a 17th-century stone farmhouse in Southern Burgundy, France He spent the next 20 years of his life living half the year in France and half the year in Sydney with his partner, the photographer, Victoria Fernandez Many of Cress's later works have visual references to his time spent in France

Cress was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2003 In 2009 he declined to continue with treatment while he worked on his last exhibition, entitled 'End Game One', held in Australian Galleries, Paddington He died on 14 October 2009


  • Buratti Fine Art, Perth wwwburatticomau
  • Australian Galleries, Sydney


  1. ^ Fred CRESS, National Gallery of Victoria
  2. ^ "Artist Fred Cress dies aged 71" abcnetau 2009-10-14 Retrieved 2009-10-14 
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 2009, p20
  4. ^ CRESS, Frederick Harold, It's an Honour, 26 January 2003
  5. ^ Simon Santow, Renowned artist Cress dies at 71 ABC Retrieved on 14 October 2009

External links

  • Fred Cress official website
  • Biography
  • AGNSW Fred Cress, Paintings 1988–1995
  • Fred Cress on Artabase
Preceded by
William Robinson
Archibald Prize
for John Beard
Succeeded by
Bryan Westwood

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