Frost began making paintings featuring a spiral motif in 1990, after visiting his son in Arizona. He linked the form of the spiral, with its longevity as a symbol across many world cultures, to the immense age of the desert landscape. He has said that the spiral form, with its ultimate lack of finality, suggests a form continually growing.
Sir Terry Frost
R. B. and W. Spiral for A
Date of work
Original: Oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas 190.5 x 190.5 cm © The estate of Sir Terry Frost
Born in Warwickshire in 1915, Frost started painting while being held as a prisoner of war in Germany in 1943, an experience he later described as an ‘awakening’. He moved to St Ives in the 1950s, where he became an influential member among the modernist artists based there. By the late 50s he has established a reputation as one of Britain’s leading British abstract artists. His paintings are shaped by a rare perception of landscape, including a formative period in Yorkshire, where his work took on strong monochromatic contrasts. His later works deployed a strong use of colour and became more three dimensional in form.