Born in London, Fred attended Sidcup School of Art from 1945 to 1949. After having completed his National Service, he attended the Royal College of Art in 1951, winning a Rome Scholarship and an Abbey Minor Scholarship. In 1964, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, and ten years later achieved full membership, the youngest to have been so honoured at the time. In 2001 he was given the honour of being the 'Featured Artist' by the Royal Academy and unusually an entire gallery within that year’s Summer Exhibition’ was given over to a solo show of his work. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts at the University of Kent in Canterbury, in recognition of his status as an artist and his lifetime contribution to the Arts. Among his many awards are the Grand Prix Fine Art, the Royal Academy’s House & Garden Award and the Sir Brinsley Ford Prize at the NEAC. Institutional collections include Monte Carlo Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Department of the Environment, the Guinness Collection, Lloyds of London and W H Smith. He was also an elected member of the New English Art Club and an associate of the Royal College of Art.