Art · 27. December 2017
Fred Fowle - The Master Fairground Artist
The original letter that Fred sent to me that kicked everything off for me.
I visited Fred and found him very friendly and approachable, and it was definitely a very rewarding visit. He was happy to explain in detail how to do the painting techniques and answer all my questions. I tried to visit as often as I could that year, and was lucky to meet Mark Gill another fabulous painter now working in Australia, I believe...he had a very cheeky and contagious smile. I also met Roger Vinney a champion woodgrainer and cartoonist..he had a woodgrained fridge in his kitchen along with grained glass milk bottles! I wrote my degree thesis all about Fred.
They were all a total inspiration to me and that is why I do what I do now.
George Codona's Waltzer..Side of a waltzer car being decorated by Fred Fowle.
Self portrait of Roger Vinney from a Ghost Ride.
Gypsy Lee boards in background painted by Mark Gill..At least I'm pretty sure they were his.
A daft thing happened due to the top Black and White photograph. One day I noticed it being used on a fairground website, I was pleased and surprised and asked if they could just add a caption saying that I had taken the photograph...well talk about a misunderstanding another ladies name was mentioned and they said that they would remove it completely because of goodness knows what...very silly so I thought I would share it with everyone again plus some other pictures because Fred was 'MAGIC' and I was extremely privileged to meet him and see him at work.
An interesting website with photographs of the completed waltzer can be found at http://www.fairart.co.uk/
A very good film about fairground art is - Our Business is Fun
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