This exhibition is part of a programme curated by Deborah Wood of The Art Room especially for The Malthouse Gallery at the Town Mill. This time, it’s pure abstraction, no gentle expressionist imagery inspired by the natural world, but simple and powerful punches of colour by the hugely successful painter Anthony Frost.
Anthony Frost is one of England’s foremost abstract painters, he lives and works in Cornwall where he was born in 1951. He studied at Cardiff College of Art and has been exhibiting professionally since 1975. His work can be found in a number of significant corporate collections and major public galleries worldwide.
The work is vibrant and wild, full of colour, part painting – part collage. He is inspired by loud, raw, post-punk music and motivated by the desire to create subconsciously and automatically. A collection of found materials such as pumice, hessian, sail cloth and rubber are applied to canvas to produce completely abstract arrangements. He works fast and free producing unpredictable and random images which he describes as honest, real and truthful.
‘When starting a painting I don’t know the problems I will have to deal with until the painting is well on the go and the secret (for me) is to keep the whole thing on the boil right to the end, so the finished work has that feeling of excitement, speed and danger. I try to take all my paintings to the edge – it is voyage of discovery, full of surprises, problems, accidents ( happy accidents that I use to my advantage) and decisions, which all have to be resolved in some crazy way. I attempt with colour and marks to create my own space, rhythms, weight, speed and volume.’
Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission