Sir Terry Frost

Sir Terry Frost


We are delighted to offer this fantastic mid-career example of, key figure in 20th century British abstract art, Sir Terry Frost's output, dating to 1969 in our forthcoming January 2021 auction of Contemporary & Post-War Art .


Though the 1950s perhaps represent the peak of the St Ives School’s influence, the 1960s were in fact arguably the strongest period of Frost’s artistic career. His work form this decade demonstrates an assured confidence and ease; tangible in his freer handling of the brush and an exploration of colour which was both subtler in terms of palette and bolder in his use of stark monochromatics.



 LOT 72 | § SIR TERRY FROST R.A. (BRITISH 1915-2003) | UNTITLED - 1969
Signed and dated 'March '69' verso, oil on canvas | 51cm x 61cm (20in x 24in) | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees


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These extremely pared back but robustly solid forms are very much redolent of the work of Barbara Hepworth, for whom he had worked for an a studio assistant in the 1950s. However, the greatest influence detectable here is perhaps that of American Expressionists like Elsworth Kelly, who Frost was likely exposed to in America when he held an exhibition of his work at the Barbara Schaeffer Society in New York in 1960.

Though works such as this embrace the purity of a minimalistic aesthetic, Frost’s work never strayed far from the inspiration of his natural surroundings, and many works form this period relate to objects such as Cornish fishing boats or the curves of a woman’s body.



Auction Information


Contemporary & Post-War Art ft. The Ski Sale

Lot: 1 to 200 - Wednesday, 20th January 2021 11:00
Lot: 201 to 250 - Wednesday, 20th January 2021 14:00
Lot: 251 to 300 - Wednesday, 20th January 2021 16:00
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