SIR TERRY FROST RA (1915-2003)


1915 - 2003

Terry Frost first began to paint as a prisoner of war. On returning to England, Frost received an ex-serviceman’s grant and attended the Camberwell School of Art in London from 1947 to 1950. He went on to teach at the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham Court from 1952, and was the Gregory Fellow at Leeds University between 1954 and 1956. From 1956 to 1957, Frost taught at the Leeds School of Art. In 1964, he was made Artist in Residence at the Fine Art Department of Newcastle University in 1964, and became a full time lecturer for the Department of Fine Art at Reading University 1965, going on to become Professor of Painting at the University of Reading from 1977 to 1981.

 Frost held his first solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in 1952. He continued to exhibit regularly in London, and his first international one-man show was held in 1961 at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery, New York. Further solo exhibitions include the ICA, London (1971) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (1976). A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Mayor Gallery, London in 1990, and a major retrospective, ‘Terry Frost: Six Decades’, was held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2000. Frost has also participated in many group shows since 1953, and his work is held in various prestigious corporate and private collections throughout the world, including the Tate Gallery, the V&A, and the British Museum. Terry Frost was elected Royal Academician in 1992 and received a knighthood in 1998. He lived and worked in Newlyn, Cornwall.

 Terry`s work is a distinctive blend of bright colours, often set against the stark white of the canvas. His shapes and compositions are always clean and playful, with an enduring quality and uniqueness of design. He was a prominent survivor of the St. Ives school that included Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis and Bernard Leach. His son, Anthony Frost, is also an artist of increasing fame and popularity, and his grandson, Luke Frost is already following in the same path.