I was introduced to Sir Terry Frost’s work by Stephen Macinnis (http://sbmacinnis.wordpress.com/. Knowing something of his life and motivation for painting does heighten my appreciation for his work.
“In prisoner-of-war camp I got tremendous spiritual experience, a more aware or heightened perception during starvation, and I honestly do not think that awakening has ever left me.”
“Frost’s work reflects his gratitude and joie de vivre at having survived wartime incarceration; it is full of colour, light and the pleasure of existence ‘a sense of delight in front of nature’. Frost took his inspiration from nature; the sun, moon, water, boats and the female form are recurring motifs abstracted into sensuous circles and curves.”
“These shapes are often coloured in dramatic blues, reds, oranges, yellows and blacks. Frost believed that the interplay of colour and shape could realise an event or image more successfully than imitation. He combined strict formal discipline with great expressive freedom and a natural sureness of touch.”
I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures.
DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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I am so attracted to the colors and shapes here. His work is almost playful!
Yeah, Someone who spent four years in a prisoner of war camp could certainly have gone the other way.
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Some great images of Terry Frost’s work.
The artist and blogger David Manley http://davidmanley.wordpress.com/ sent me a link to Frost’s grandson who is also an interesting painter. http://www.lukefroststudio.com
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Wonderful work here.