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Red and Blue

© estate of Terry Frost. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

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This small painting is typical of Frost's expressionistic abstracts of the late 1950s. Two dominant forms in blue and mauve enter the composition from the sides, appearing to compress a concertina-like structure of black, blue and purple lines.

At this time, Frost used coloured 'wedges' to tighten his imagery. This compositional device generates tension by penetrating the boundaries between adjacent forms. In this work a red wedge pierces the image from the upper edge creating formal and chromatic contrast.

The Pier Arts Centre



Red and Blue




oil on canvas


H 50.5 x W 76 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

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Inscription description

1. 'Red + Blue [? illegible script] / Sept Dec 59 / Frost'. 2. (unidentifiable label). 3. James Bourley and Sons Ltd Fine Art Packers and Frame Makers label.


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