Frieda Lock (1902-1962)

Artwork by Frieda Lock

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Zanzibar

Freida Lock was born in Cheadle Hume, Cheshire, England. She studied one year of Agriculture at Reading University in 1919. From the year 1932 to 1934 she studied at the Heatherly school of Art and Central School of Art in London. Her were parents were opposed to the idea of a painting career, for that reason she began her studies for Bsc in Agriculture. Her studies were interrupted by her family’s departure to South Africa.

Freida Lock’s father established a fruit farm near Stellenbosch and for some time she remained on the farm, assisting in management of the cattle and fruit packing. In 1932 she finally commenced in her art career. In 1938 she participated in forming the New Group with Gregoire Boonzaier and Terence Mccaw. These three artists have been called “Cape Impressionists” and for a time their landscapes were painted in a similar style. Lock was a spirited and adventurous woman, and in 1948 she travelled to Zanzibar where she painted portraits and street scenes, capturing the exoticism of costume and lifestyle.

Freida Lock was particularly known for interiors and still life studies, but her range of subject matter was all- embracing. She painted many landscapes which reflect the formative influence of Van Gogh and the imprint of the Cornwall School. In 1962 she died in London, England.