Anthony Fry was born into a well-known Quaker family, Fry's father and great uncle, Roger Fry, were painters. Fry studied at Camberwell Art School under Victor Pasmore, Lawrence Gowing and William Coldstream. In 1961, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship, which took him to the USA for two years where he was greatly influenced by the American abstract expressionists, notably Mark Rothko and Morris Louis. Fry is considered a very influential artist of his time and his series of dancing figures have been referred to as some of the most important works of British art in the 50’s. Current retrospective of his work is being held in Bath and a further retrospective is due to be held at Browse and Darby.