The Paintings Of Sir Terry Frost At Museum Of Reading

By Freya McClelland | 23 October 2008
Frisky is an abstract painting of colourful semi-circles within two larger semi-circles © Frisky, 2003, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

Frisky © Frisky, 2003, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

Exhibition preview: Sir Terry Frost running at Reading Museum from Saturday October 25 2008 until 1 February 2009

The John Madejski Art Gallery at the Museum of Reading is a fitting place to show the art of its former Reading resident and Royal Academician Sir Terry Frost.

The exhibition includes large paintings, collages, constructions, sculptures and sketchbooks from his career, including some previously unseen canvases.

June Collage is a colured circle between two blocks of red and black © June Collage, 2002, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

June Collage. © June Collage, 2002, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

Sir Terry Frost, who sadly passed away in 2003, gained world recognition as an abstract artist but was also a much loved longstanding teacher at the University of Reading, working in the Fine Art Department for 16 years.

Frost originally discovered his artistic talent during 4 years as a prisoner of war during World War II. On returning to Britain he studied at Camberwell School ofArts and Crafts and enjoyed the flourishing artistic scenes of London and St Ives where he became a renowned member of the St. Ives group.

Spirals Are Forever is a painting made up of a circular black spiral © Spirals Are Forever, 1991, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

Spirals Are Forever. © Spirals Are Forever, 1991, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

His long career received international acclaim from art critics and collectors, culminating in a major retrospective of his work at Royal Academy in 2000 and a knighthood in 1998 for his contribution to the arts.

Frost had many solo and group exhibitions in leading galleries and was collected avidly around the world. There is a permanent collection of his work at the Tate, St. Ives.

This exhibition shows vividly coloured and epic scale works made up of Frost’s own vocabulary of shapes and symbols. The impact is an intense positive energy through abstract images.

Suspended Yellow is a painting made up of curved lines in degrees of yellow © Suspended Yellow, 1970, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

Suspended Yellow. © Suspended Yellow, 1970, Terry Frost, courtesy of Terry Frost Estate

Patricia Singh, a friend and colleague who represented Sir Terry at London's Beaux Arts Gallery for 25 years said:

‘He had a very, very joyful personality and that was the great strength of his work. They were life affirming paintings that were full of colour and air.’

The show also provides an insight into the artist at work as it affords the rare opportunity to view objects from his studio, including brushes, paints, sketchbooks and constructions.

Entry to exhibition is free.

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