Although abstract, Terry Frost's paintings nearly always draw on his experience of being in the world, and many are particularly evocative of Cornish harbours. His work is always grounded in things seen and felt, and he has created a distinctive and personal visual language of shapes and colours that vividly communicate this experience.
After settling with his family in St Ives in 1950, Terry Frost was introduced to the Cornish landscape by the painter Peter Lanyon, who, unlike most of the other St Ives artists, was born in the area.
Colour and form are the two essential elements in Terry Frost's painting. He writes: 'Certain colours do people's hearts good, other colours they dislike in various degrees. It is a question of reacting via the eyes through the heart and head for a full sensation... colour for feeling, to do with imagination and reverie, inspired by actual visual experience.'
This screenprint was inspired by Terry Frost's experience of walking along the quayside in Newlyn, where he would notice the different colours and shapes of the boats and their gentle movement in the harbour: 'I watched what I can only describe as a synthesis of movement and counter-movement. That is to say the rise and fall of the boats, the space drawing of the mastheads, the opposing movements of the incoming sea and out-blowing offshore wind.'
Terry Frost has lived in Newlyn since 1974; his house was located on a hilltop with spectacular view of Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount.
- Artwork Details: 73 x 73cm
- Edition: 116 of 125
- Material description: screenprint
- Credit line: © The Estate of Terry Frost
- Medium: Print
- Accession number: ACC8/1998