Sir Terry FROST (1915-2003)
Umea (Kemp 52)
Etching with embossing
Artist's Proof (no edition)
Signed and dated '79
Printed by the artist at Umea Summer School, Sweden
'This was one of the places in Scandinavia where Terry taught for the British Council. It is in the far north of Sweden. Details of the print are in Kemp but this is the copy illustrated in the catalogue for the exhibition, Austin/ Desmond Terry Frost ‘Prints 1948-1990’ p13 , where it is ‘Untitled (Umea Abstract)’
From the collection of Ron Howell.
"I was introduced to Terry by Allan Freer who had commissioned various things from him during his time with Manchester Education Committee - some of the works are illustrated in the Lewis book. After the initial meeting, we became good friends and I visited Terry and Kath three or four times a year in Newlyn. But we also met in Venice, where I worked regularly, and Terry has a show at the Multigrafia Gallery and the year before his death, they came to the Aldeburgh Festival. The etching ‘On the Edge’ was made for that visit. During that visit, Terry said that he had always wanted to design an opera, and I was able to help him fulfill that with the commission for Opera East’s production of Britten’s ‘Rape of Lucretia’. Unfortunately, Terry was unable to see the production, and although I had it filmed, the editing only finished after his death. The etching ‘Blue Vertical’ came from this commission, and the ‘Spiral for Aldeburgh’ was used at his funeral, with one of his poems printed verso. In 2005, ‘Blue Drowning’, based on Terry’s lost painting Drowning Blue, was performed by the Scottish Strings at the Aldeburgh Festival. This I commissioned from John Woolrich to celebrate the lives of Terry and Kath, and our friendship and collaborations."
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