Wednesday 7th November 2018 – Contrapuntal Forms: Barbara Hepworth and Terry Frost

Contrapuntal Forms: Barbara Hepworth and Terry Frost


Wednesday 7th November 2018

Justine Hopkins

In 1950 Barbara Hepworth asked Terry Frost to be her studio assistant in carving Contrapuntal Forms, the monumental stone sculpture she was sending to the 1951 Festival of Britain. She was already widely known for her abstract sculpture while he was a mature student returning to painting after spending much of the war in a prison camp.

They were neighbours in Cornwall (Terry was born and raised in Leamington), and their continued explorations of form, space, shape and colour in the changing Cornish light created works which brought them both international reputation and national honour.

Justine is a freelance writer and lecturer in Art History. She has a BA Hons degree from Bristol University, an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute and a PhD from Birkbeck College, London.

She has worked as an Art History lecturer and writer for Bristol, London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities; Tate Britain and Tate Modern; the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Sotheby’s, Christies’ and other independent institutions.