19 June – 30 August 2015
Free to all
Celebrating the career of the leading modern painter, including a body of work he produced in the city of Leeds.
Terry Frost took art classes as a teenager, but it wasn't until 1943 – as a prisoner of war in Germany – that he took up painting as a serious endeavour. On his return to England in 1946 he moved to St Ives where he became part of the flourishing artist colony, committing himself entirely to the new abstract style of painting.
In 1954 Frost took up the newly created Gregory Fellowships at the University of Leeds and the move north had a strong impact on his work. He began producing large-scale paintings in direct response to the Yorkshire Dales.
This exhibition brings together a selection of the artist’s most significant paintings, collages and sculptures to consider Frost's work through the themes of performance, construction and colour. A collaboration between Leeds Art Gallery and Tate St Ives, the display spans his formative years in Cornwall to his time studying in Yorkshire, and his final years as Professor of Painting in Reading.
His breakthrough Walk Along the Quay series, begun in 1950, evokes his experience of walking along the harbour at St Ives.