The exhibit forms the central component of the museum’s new ‘Frost Season’.
It sees a number of talks and events take place over the ensuing months, putting an emphasis not only on Frost’s art but on his personal life.
Among the events is a special performance of a play written by Edward Elks and Dan Frost, who will also star in the role of his grandfather.
The production explores the true and moving story of Frost and fellow artist Adrian Heath who were both interned in a prisoner of war camp in Bavaria during the Second World War. It will be performed in the exhibition room, with the audience surrounded by Frost’s artwork.
Frost was born and raised in Leamington in 1915 and lived in Banbury during the 1960s and 1970s. He was made a Royal Academician (RA) in 1992 and granted a Knighthood in 1998.
He died in 2003 and the museum’s exhibition marks what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday.
The pieces of art on display include a selection that Frost painted during his time living in Banbury, with inspiration taken from his visits to local landmarks such as the private chapel at Compton Wynyates.
It will also feature original paintings and artefacts on loan from the artist’s family and friends, including one of his trademark red berets.
The exhibition opens on Saturday (September 26) and will run until January 9. Entry is free and donations to support the museum’s ongoing exhibition programme are welcome. Go to: www.banburymuseum.org for more.
Photo by C&S O’Sullivan