Douglas Fryer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was raised in Illinois and California. In 1988 he received his BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. He later returned to BYU for further study toward and MFA in Painting and Drawing, and received his MFA in 1995. Fryer has taught fine art and illustration at several universities and art schools, including Brigham Young University; the University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, New York; and Snow College, Ephraim, Utah. He currently lives and works in the small community of Spring City, located in beautiful Sanpete Valley in central Utah.
“Art reveals the evidence of one’s life; in observing and creating the artist discovers themes that are the the makeup of his character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experience. I create images that become material records of places, things and people that have been significant to me. Often, as I paint them they become significant to me in a different way: aesthetically, conceptually, and spiritually. There is a state of existence that lies between one’s physical and spiritual state, the present and the past, the reality and the symbol or impression. It is while I am in this frame of mind that life and the world seem the most clear and meaningful. It is to this state that I desire to return, and painting is one of the avenues through which I can regain and expand those feelings.”