Modern Masters: Silkscreens and Originals explores the work of five leading British artists, Sandra Blow, Sir Terry Frost, Barbara Rae, John Hoyland and Donald Hamilton Fraser, all of whom have played a critical role in pioneering the way for abstract art in Britain.
Donald Hamilton Fraser RA (1929 – 2009) is a widely known and accomplished painter who participated in many of the most significant exhibitions of British work and was one of the most successful Modernist painter/printmakers of the post-war generation. His subject matter is predominantly seascapes, landscapes and dancers and his subjects are dramatized with bold colours and a confident brush.
Sir Terry Frost RA (1915-2003) was one of Britain's most respected and successful abstract artists, his work spanning over six decades. His colourful and exuberant paintings gave a popular dimension to the landscape-orientated abstract art produced by the post-war St Ives artist colony. Painting and print were inseparable to him with one medium creating ideas for the other.
Barbara Rae CBE RARE - Rae’s abstract works uses strong colours and composition and her paintings combine the influence of landscape and travel with painterly abstraction. Although she does not like the term landscape painter, the importance of place is very apparent in her works; in particular the human traces and patterns of history that are left on a landscape. Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world.
Sandra Blow RA (1925-2006) was one of the leading lights of the abstract art movement of the 1950s and introduced a new expressive informality to British art. Her works are often on a large scale and consist of abstract collage, designed to create an expressive informality and promote a natural, organic feeling.
John Hoyland RA (1934 – 2011) A painter and printmaker of prodigious creative energy and imagination, John Hoyland has been described by Damien Hirst as “the greatest British abstract painter and an artist who was never afraid to push the boundaries.” His work, much of it on a large scale, is remarkable for its bold use of colour and, in later years, its three-dimensional quality, through the use of thickly-layered and textured acrylic paint.