MANILA – British Council celebrates its 40 years of work in the Philippines this 2018 and continues its commitment to cultural relations in a new and bigger space at BGC. At the lobby of the new premises is an exhibition of linocuts by Terry Frost.

Sir Terry Frost was born in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. He left school at the age of 14 and had a variety of jobs, including working in a cycle shop and the paint workshop of an aircraft factory. He discovered his artistic talent during the four years he spent as a prisoner of war during the second world war. On his return to England he studied at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, enjoying the flourishing scenes of London and St Ives. By the late 1950s he had become established as a leading abstract painter, exhibiting regularly in London and throughout the world.

Printmaking played a key role in Frost’s work since his student days. Painting and print became inseparable to him with one medium creating ideas and informing the other. Much of the formal quality of his early work had its origins in his response to his surroundings in Cornwall, shapes derived from ships and nautical tackle, rocks and sea, gulls and gorse. Inevitably he developed a strong feeling for the clarity of Cornish light and sharply defined forms and brilliant colours are characteristics of his work, which was always responsive to movement in time and space.

In 1974 he moved to Newlyn in Cornwall, with his wife Kate and 5 children where his love of the region inspired the body of work that we continue to enjoy today.

British Council Philippines is at the 7th floor of The Curve along 32nd Street corner 3rd Avenue in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.