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Terry Frost was one of Britain’s most distinguished abstract artists. From 1946 he divided his time between St Ives and Camberwell School of Art, where he was taught by Victor Pasmore. From this period his paintings were characterised by bold arrangements of form and colour, frequently inspired by the sea and landscape.

The dripped lines in this painting suggest the bars of a cage, while the centre forms a gaping void. Frost wrote that the 'theme grew out of my experience of being in the North, the subject cannot be fixed to any one moment'.

September 2004