Sir Terry Frost

Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003)

Widely considered to be a major influence in British abstract art, Frost was born in Leamington Spa, leaving school at 14, he worked in several jobs before serving in the war in Palestine and Greece, being captured in 1941. He remained until the wars end but developed an interest in painting and drawing encouraged by fellow prisoner Adrian Heath. He developed a heightened perception and considered it a spiritual experience during his capture which never left him.

Post war he moved to St Ives in Cornwall and thrived amongst the artistic community there. Attending the St.Ives School of art he went on to study at Camberwell School of Art in London 1947-50. Victor Pasmore and Ben Nicholson influenced his work towards abstract painting in 1949.He worked as Barbara Hepworth assistant in 1951. His first solo show came at the Leicester Galleries in 1952. He taught at several leading Universities and Colleges, became a Royal Academician in 1992 and was knighted in 1998. He exhibited widely nationally and internationally and his work is held in leading public and private collections.