Rowen Gallery, London
Mel Gooding The Intelligent Eye Terry Frost
The Royal Academy of Arts, 2000
Frost sought to find a visual language which would express in an abstract idiom the sense of place and movement found in the harbour of St Ives. In the group of works to which Blue Harbour belongs, sophisticated geometrical relationships are used to suggest familiar forms and shapes whilst never actually offering us identifiable references. These paintings also see the earliest appearances of what was to become the standard vocabulary of Frost’s art: the semi-circles, the highlighted discs and the truncated L and T forms.
The paintings from this time are also distinctive in their use of colour, each having one overall dominant palette. In Blue Harbour the masterly use of bright ultramarine and other shades of blue suggests boats at anchor and the incoming tide to create an image of great power and impact.