Sir Terry Frost R. B. and W. Spiral for A. 1991

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Terry Frost 1915–2003
Title
R. B. and W. Spiral for A.
Date 1991
Medium Oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1905 x 1905 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06609
Not on display

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This is one of three large spiral paintings and is related to a number of smaller spiral works. Frost has incorporated discs and spirals, evoking the sun, into his paintings since the 1950s. Here, the title stands for Red, Black and White for Arizona. Frost made this painting following a trip to the United States and the letter A also refers to his son, Adrian, who was with him in the Arizona desert. Frost has commented 'I found the desert not as I believed it to be... Arizona was full of cacti in bloom, with spirals of colour everywhere; it was a totally different excitement that I hadn't experienced before.'

September 2004

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