Made while Frost was teaching at the University of Leeds from 1954, this painting appears to relate to a series of pictures he made of Yorkshire. However, Frost himself identified the yellow shapes at the top of the picture with boat forms, a disclosure that adds ambiguity to the painting and emphasises its abstract qualities.
Sir Terry Frost
Date of work
Original: Watercolour on paper 57 x 43.8 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.