Roy Fridge

Modern Texas Mixed Media Sculpture of a Mummified Portrait Bust in a Box / Crate Mid 20th Century



Wood, mixed media


Modern mixed media sculpture by Texas artist Roy Fridge. The work features a mummified portrait bust encased in a red, white, and blue flag placed in a wooden box or crate.

Artist Biography

A native of Beeville, Fridge was an only child who made his own toys. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from Baylor University in Waco with a degree in filmmaking. In the 1960s, he and his best friends, sculptors Jim Love and Dave McManaway, became known as the "unholy trio" of Texas contemporary art. In 1963, Fridge left a career in television advertising and "ran away to the beach." He settled in the sleepy town of Port Aransas where raw materials for his lyrical works were plentiful. He built boats, some functional but mostly allusive, mythic ships of wood and bone of intimate scale. In the mid-1980s, Fridge stopped "whittling" entirely but continued his rich life as an amateur hermit, writing and reading voraciously. Roy Fridge passed away in his home in Port Aransas at the age of 79.


H 17.75 in. x W 10.38 in. x D 11.38 in.