Terry FrostInterior at Quay Street St. Ives
painted circa 1948
Private Collection 2006-2012
Terry and Kathleen Frost moved to Cornwall in 1946 and, apart from a brief spell in Carbis Bay, No. 12 Quay Street was their family home for fifteen years. This interior reflects Frost's early training at Camberwell where a grant enabled him to study during terms and spend summers at Quay Street.
It was whilst at Camberwell that Frost, influenced by Victor Pasmore, became increasingly aware of the abstract qualities of paintings. There followed a period where he was torn between the figurative foundation of the 1940s and the urge to progress in parallel with other St. Ives' artists.
By 1949 he had painted Madrigal and his journey through six decades of abstraction had begun.