Abbot Hall’s main summer exhibition in 2015 looks at five key members of the “second generation” of artists active in St Ives, and at the development of their art during the course of the 1950s. The five, who were nearly contemporaries, all knew each other and, in different configurations, all exhibited together at various points of their careers, and posthumously, are Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter. All were artists who moved towards abstraction but, for the most part, artists whose works would fit Heron’s phrase of “abstract figuration”, rather than pure abstraction – the titles of their works often keep a sometimes tenuous link with places and objects, although sometimes their abstractions are tied to observable reality only by their titles. Terry Frost was the only one of the five who didn’t go to art college after

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