Sir Terry Frost RA
Sir Terry Frost, RA (1915-2003)
Terry Frost was born in Leamington Spa in 1915 and grew up in a working class family in the 1920s. Serving in the commandos in the War,
he was captured and spent four years as a POW at Stalag.
Repatriated and demobbed, he could not settle and, on the advice of his friend Adrian Heath, set off for St. Ives and a serious attempt at art.
In the late 1940s he went to Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, using his ex Servicemen's grant, and divided his time between the thriving art scenes of London and St. Ives and rapidly gained the respect and admiration of both.
In 1951 he worked as assistant to Barbara Hepworth and found himself in the thick of the St. Ives spirit.
His first one-man exhibition in London was at the Leicester Galleries in 1952. By that time he was committed to abstraction.
His passionate use of straight lines and circles and the manner in which he achieved a great sense of harmony in his works define him stylistically.
His work is notable for his use of primary colours and of shapes reflecting Cornish marine life.
He exhibited widely internationally and in England, notably at the Redfern Galllery, New Art Centre and Austin Desmond.
From the early 1960s his position as a leading abstract painter was consolidated and his reputation as a tough but essentially sympathetic and inspiring teacher began to grow. He later became Professor Painting at Reading University. He was elected RA in 1992.
He was knighted in 1996, The Tate Gallery holds his work.
He died in 2003.