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Terry Frost
Showing at both Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
Last few days – ends 9th January 2016 

On the event of his centenary, this exhibition across both our galleries, celebrates the career of leading modern British painter, Sir Terry Frost (19152003), bringing together paintings, collages and sculptural forms from public and private collections across the UK. Looking at Frost’s work through ideas of performance, construction and colour, the exhibition takes a fresh perspective on his practice over six decades. It spans chronologically from his arrival in St Ives in the early 1950s, to then moving to Leeds, followed by teaching in Coventry and California as well as the Universities of Newcastle and Reading and finally his return to Cornwall in the 1970s, setting up a home and studio in Newlyn till his death in 2003.

Living in St Ives during the 1950s, Frost was part of a close circle of emerging British modernists working with abstraction, including Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter. The exhibition will highlight key paintings and collages from Terry Frost’s formative periods working in Cornwall and Yorkshire, including paintings from his breakthrough Walk Along the Quay series, begun in 1950. These tall, thin canvases are evocative of the seaside town of St Ives. In contrast are the large-scale paintings such as Blue Winter 1956 and Orange and Black, Leeds 1957, painted in response to the Yorkshire Dales, after his move to Leeds.  These works are presented at The Exchange.

After discovering acrylic paint while teaching in California in the 1960s, Frost became increasingly interested in colour as a presence or character in itself. Looped and heaped weights of colour seemingly bulge from his canvases, sometimes becoming three-dimensional in his collages or sculpture. In 1970 Frost developed a range of ‘soft sculptures’ including stacks, spirals and loops, made from painted canvas tubes filled with polystyrene balls. Suspending these arcing forms from the walls and ceiling, or bundling them together, he sought to bring out colour in all its intensity without hard structure or flat surface – as a brushstroke in space. The exhibition will feature a re-commissioned series of these little-known, strikingly contemporary three-dimensional works. These works are presented at Newlyn Art Gallery. The lower gallery will feature Green Below, one of the last works made by Frost. It will be accompanied by striking prints that Frost made with Hugh Stoneman from 1992 onwards.

The exhibition is organised by Tate St Ives in collaboration with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Leeds Art Gallery

Exhibition Events

Guided Tours
Enjoy an informal short tour of the Terry Frost exhibition.
The Exchange at 11am
Newlyn at 2.30pm
Free with admission, no booking required.

Talk by Anthony Frost and Bob Devereux
Friday 8th January, 7.30pm
Newlyn Art Gallery
Artist Anthony Frost and painter and poet Bob Devereux will give a celebratory talk about Terry Frost, with poems and anecdotes about the artist’s life and work.
Doors open at 7pm, FREE entry, pay bar.