Sir Terry Frost June, Red and Black 1965

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Terry Frost 1915–2003
Title
June, Red and Black
Date 1965
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2445 x 1835 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1966
Reference
T00829
Not on display

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In the 1960s the forms in Frost's paintings became much simpler and the colours more pure. This reflected the art of the period and, in particular, paintings by the American artist Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly produced shaped canvases painted in single colours, which Frost might have seen in America.

Although paintings such as these are apparently abstract, Frost did relate the shapes to objects such as boats or women's bodies. A relief version of this work was sub-titled 'Mae West' after the famously curvy actress.

September 2004

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