Sir Terry Frost RA

Sir Terry Frost was born in Leamington Spa in 1915 and spent his early years in Coventry before fighting in France, Palestine, Crete and the Middle East in World War Two. He first began to paint during the four years he spent as a prisoner of war in Germany when he met the artist Adrian Heath, who persuaded him to become an artist in his own right. After the war Frost lived in a caravan while studying at the St Ives School of Painting in Cornwall. He then attended Camberwell School of Art on an ex-serviceman’s grant from 1947 to 1950 where, under the guidance of Victor Pasmore and St Ives artists such as Ben Nicholson and Peter Lanyon, he moved into abstraction after beginning in the Euston Road Group realist tradition. Frost returned to St Ives upon leaving Camberwell, where he worked as Barbara Hepworth's assistant on Contrapuntal Forms (1951) for the Festival of Britain

His first one man exhibition was held at the Leicester Galleries in London in 1952 and at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York in 1960. Frost was made a member of the Penwith Society in St Ives, where he lived from 1959–63, and was Artist in Residence at the Fine Art Department of Newcastle University in 1964. In 1965 he took up a position as a full time lecturer at the Department of Fine Art of Reading University and was Professor of Painting there from 1977 to 1981.

A major retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2000. Sir Terry Frost was elected a Royal Academician in 1992 and received a knighthood in 1998. His last show was at Tate St Ives, for which he painted a large mural. Sir Terry Frost lived and worked in Cornwall until his death in 2003.


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