Ian Fry was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1956. He studied illustration and design at Glasgow School of art, graduating in 1978. After freelancing as a book and advertising illustrator for several years in the UK and Germany, he moved to Canada in 1985. For 10 years he worked as an independent illustrator from a studio in Vancouver’s Gastown. In 1995 he decided to
devote more energy to his painting and rented a studio in Kleewyck, on the Capilano River in North Vancouver. Here he painted several very large commissions, primarily for private collectors in Japan. He moved to Bowen Island in 1996 and works both from a home studio on Bowen Island’s west side and in a studio in Artisan Square near Snug Cove.
Fry’s paintings are in corporate and private collections throughout Canada and the US as well as in Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the UK.