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It's all Red, Black and White
Contrasts in Red. Black and White by Terry Frost
The most recent exhibition to grace the walls of the Tate St Ives is by one of Britain's great abstract painters, Terry Frost.

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+ The current exhibition at the Tate St Ives features the work of Terry Frost.

+ The exhibition also introduces three younger artists Jim Lambie, Julie Roberts and Victoria Morton.

+ Ceramist Richard Slee also reveals his largest ceramic installation to date.

+ Painting not Painting continues until 11th May 2003 and
The Pier Arts Collection can be seen at the Tate until 25 January 2004.

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For any of you who viewed the previous exhibition Real Life at the Tate, you will be well aware that the majority of your time was spent in the dark, moving between each cavernous installation to watch the film and video works.

If then you plan on visiting the current exhibition you may need to be slightly sedated before you step foot in the building for I can only describe it as a small scale idiosyncratic and rather chaotic explosion of colour.

Inspired by the landscape which surrounds him Terry Frost's paintings are known for their masterful exploration of space, strong colour and energy.

Frost first moved to St Ives in 1946 with his wife Kathleen. Despite settling in the sleepy Cornish village and having six children Frost has spent considerable periods of time living and working in places such as Corsham, Banbury, Reading and San Jose, Texas, which has been a great inspiration to his work.

The focal point of the exhibition The Leeds Connection features Frost's breakthrough paintings made during his Gregory Fellowship at Leeds University between 1954 - 56.

Painting titled Blue Winter
Blue Winter (1956) by Terry Frost

Frost will also be showing new work made in Cornwall in 2002 alongside a selection of work by artists that he has a particular interest in.

There is also the opportunity to see Homecoming, the Pier Arts Centre Collection. Through a passion for art collecting Margaret Gardiner - a close friend of the first and second generation of St Ives artists - assembled a vast collection of works that reveal the emergence of late British Modernism during the 1970's.

A painting by Alfred Wallis
Three Ships and Lighthouse by Alfred Wallis

Her collection, held at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness in Orkney has been a delight to anyone fortunate enough to discover it. While the Arts Centre renovates its space, the collection is being show at the Tate St Ives for a year.

Painting Not Painting includes new work from a younger generation of artists Jim Lambie, Julie Roberts and Victoria Morton.

On entering the spherical corridor in the Upper Gallery it is impossible to miss Zobop Floor by Jim Lambie.

Zobop Floor by Jim Lambie
Zobop Floor creates an unbalanced feeling

Created using muti-coloured sign writer's tape the optical disturbance created within the space is quite unique. Perspective is skewed which is even more pronounced once you reach the stairs.

Julie Roberts presents a series of drawings of the victims of Jack the Ripper whilst Victoria Morton has created a group of large scale abstract paintings.

Panorama by Richard Slee, an installation comprising of around 100 ceramic forms is his largest ceramic works to date.

A ceramic piece titled Panorama
Panorama by Richard Slee

The humorous and rather eccentric body of work contains a variety of animals - including Appropriated Rabbit which Slee found in a junk shop and had to make a ceramic model of it to understand it - swamp debris and meteorites.

Painting not Painting
continues until 11th May 2003
The Pier Arts Collection
can be seen at the Tate until 25 January 2004
Address:
Tate St Ives Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall
TR26 1TG
For more information contact:
01736 796226 (international +44 1736 796226)
or email:
information@tate.org.uk

 

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