Sir Terry FrostBoat Shapes 1954

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Sir Terry Frost (1915‑2003)
Boat Shapes
Date 1954
MediumLinocut on paper
Dimensionsimage: 193 x 267 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
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Catalogue entry

P07984 Boat Shapes 1954

Linocut 7 3/4 × 10 1/2 (193 × 267) on paper 8 7/8 × 11 (225 × 280), printed by the artist at No.4 Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, not editioned
Inscribed ‘Terry Frost 54’ b.r.
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

P07982 was printed by hand-pressure. Of the twenty or so printed ‘each one is pretty unique’ in that most of them were hand printed and Frost ‘played about with a bit of colour on the prints’. In some cases he used ‘a combination of press and hand’, the press being an etching press. The ‘Boat Shapes’ prints relate closely to the motifs Frost was incorporating in his paintings in the early 1950s inspired by the rocking movements of boats moored in harbour (see Lawrence Alloway, Nine Abstract Artists, 1954, pp.23–4 for an account of the genesis of ‘Blue Movement’, repr. no.9, a painting in this series, now in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery)… (read more)

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