Anthony Frost Biography

Anthony Frost is one of England's foremost abstract painters. He lives and works in Cornwall, where he was born in 1951. He studied at Cardiff College of Art and has been exhibiting professionally since 1975. His work can be found in a number of significant corporate collections and major public galleries worldwide.


The work is vibrant and wild, full of colour, part painting, part collage. He is inspired by loud, raw, post-punk music and motivated by the desire to create subconsciously and automatically. A collection of found materials such as pumice, hessian, sail cloth and rubber are applied to canvas to produce completely abstract arrangements. He works fast and free, producing unpredictable and random images which he describes as honest, real and truthful.


"When starting a painting I don't know the problems I will have to deal with until the painting is well on the go and the secret (for me) is to keep the whole thing on the boil right to the end, so the finished work has that feeling of excitement, speed and danger. I try to take all my paintings to the edge - it is voyage of discovery, full of surprises, problems, accidents (happy accidents that I use to my advantage) and decisions, which all have to be resolved in some crazy way. I attempt with colour and marks to create my own space, rhythms, weight, speed and volume".

— Anthony Frost


I use a lot of physical objects, and work with different materials to see what happens, to see what they present. This time I worked my way through all the different canvases, with different materials – windsurf sails, fishing nets and such like – stuck down on them at random. I try to collage over the whole thing with all this beach stuff in a non-thinking way, to try and come to it as if it’s unfamiliar each time, so that when I come to paint over it I have to make sense of something I don’t understand. I put it all on a stretcher without thinking and then it’s a case of bringing it all together. Basically I collage and then I fill in and then I have to make something magical out of it. I discover things like drips, bleeds, dots, depressions, and I have to paint with them". 

— Anthony Frost in Stewart Lee's essay 'Sun Zoom Spark'