Frederick Harold "Fred" Cress
(1938 - 2009)
was a British Australian painter who won the Archibald Prize in 1988 with a portrait of fellow artist John Beard. Cress is known mostly for his distinctive figurative style that favors the collective grouping of seemingly 'normal' middle class people in surreal situations. Performing unaware of the viewer, each character is deeply engaged in their own narrative. Cress' works continue to be collected admired, and have been collected by most Australian state institutions.