READING, UK – The John Madejski Art Gallery at the Museum of Reading is proud to present the works of former Reading resident and Royal Academician Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003). The exhibition includes large paintings, collages, constructions, sculptures and sketchbooks from his career, including some previously unseen canvases.
This exhibition of vividly coloured and epic scale works is a fitting tribute to a local hero. Frost was a much loved longstanding teacher at the University of Reading, working in the Fine Art Department for 16 years. Throughout his career he developed an entirely personal vocabulary of shapes and symbols rendered in pure and intense colour to produce joyful abstract images with luminous energy. The show provides a fascinating insight into Frost’s working practices as it affords the rare opportunity to view objects from his studio, including brushes, paints, sketchbooks and constructions.
Internationally renowned as a leading light of the St Ives group, Sir Terry Frost originally discovered his artistic talent during 4 years as a prisoner of war during World War II. On returning to Britain he studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and enjoyed the flourishing artistic scenes of London and St Ives. Applauded by art historians and avidly collected internationally his career continued to flourish throughout the 20thCentury culminating in a major retrospective of his work at Royal Academy in 2000 and a knighthood in 1998 for his contribution to the arts.
The John Madejski Art Gallery
This stunningly refurbished Victorian art gallery recreates the atmosphere of the period and houses changing exhibitions of art works, sometimes from the Museum’s collection and sometimes on loan.
An extensive collection of art works on paper is housed in the gallery. Visitors may view these works by appointment. For further details or to book an appointment please contact us at via the contact page.