All over the Place on Orange

Sir Terry Frost (1915 - 2003)

Oil and gouache on paper


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  • About the work
    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission

    Sir Terry Frost’s work depends in part on strong simple shapes and bold colours, as in this oil and gouache painting in which a pink rectangle interacts with partly outlined red and blue circular wedges on a bright orange ground. Frost was inspired by the world around him and his own experiences, that he translated into abstract compositions. He attempted to provoke a visceral reaction rather than to describe or imitate the external world. Discussing his approach to painting, Frost explained:

    Looking for something to inspire you to work is an escape from taking action. The decision to take action is the only way of seeing. The imagination will throw up all possibilities.

    Knighted in 1998 for his contribution to British art, Frost was a prolific and energetic artist, and continued to produce new work until his death in 2003.

  • About the artist
    Sir Terry Frost was born in Leamington Spa. He was imprisoned while serving in the war but afterwards studied at Camberwell School of Arts, London, then settled in St Ives in 1950, where he worked as assistant to Barbara Hepworth. In 1951, after meeting the artist Roger Hilton, he began to use construction and collage. In 1952 Frost’s first major exhibition in London led to several decades of solo and group exhibitions around the world. In 1960 he visited the USA and met leading Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, and art critic Clement Greenberg. Knighted in 1998 for his contribution to British art, Frost continued to make paintings and prints as well as designing ceramics and textiles right up to his death in 2003.
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    All over the Place on Orange
    Oil and gouache on paper
    height: 38.10 cm, width: 42.50 cm
    Purchased from Waddington Galleries, March 1974
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