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Red and Blue

© estate of Terry Frost. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image 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

Stromness

Title

Red and Blue

Date

1959

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 50.5 x W 76 cm

Accession number

PAC 9

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type

Painting

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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