Leeds nostalgia: High times for Leeds-inspired artist

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This week’s object of the week is the painting High Yellow by Terry Frost (1915–2003), among the most vivid and visually striking works by the painter.

The piece was purchased by Leeds Art Fund in 1955 and is on display at Leeds Art Gallery as part of an exhibition marking the artist’s centenary.

High Yellow was painted after Frost was invited to take up one of the newly created Gregory Fellowships at the University of Leeds and was one several of his works which were heavily influenced by his move to the north.

It is on show at the gallery and acknowledges the role the Leeds and Yorkshire landscapes had in informing his art. The exhibition features large-scale paintings such as Blue Winter 1956 and Orange and Black, Leeds, 1957, inspired by the Yorkshire Dales and reconstructed ‘soft sculptures’ from his later career, including bundles and loops made from painted canvas tubes filled with polystyrene balls.

His son, artist Anthony Frost, said: “Leeds had such a significant influence on my father’s early artistic development, it is the perfect place to launch this exhibition in his centenary year.”

Coun Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for culture, added: “High Yellow really encapsulates the striking and thought-provoking style of Sir Terry Frost and is also a symbol of the passion for arts and culture that we have in Leeds. The exhibition has been a fabulous celebration of one of the most respected and influential modern artists and I’d urge everyone not to miss the chance to see it.”

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