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Sir Terry Frost RA

Sir Terry Frost RA (1915-2003)

Terence Ernest Manitou Frost was an English abstract artist, who worked in Newlyn, Cornwall.

Born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, in 1915 he attended evening classes in art at the age of sixteen and then worked at various jobs mainly concerned with radio and electricity. He did not become an artist until he was in his 30s. During World War II, he served in France and the Middle East, before joining the commandos. Whilst serving with the commandos in Crete in June 1941 he was captured and became a prisoner of war. As a prisoner at Stalag 383 in Bavaria, he met and was taught by Adrian Heath. He said of his prison experience that it was a ‘tremendous spiritual experience, a more aware or heightened perception during starvation’.

He moved to St Ives in 1946 and studied under Leonard Fuller and then studied from 1947 at the Camberwell School of Art under Pasmore and Coldstream. In 1951 he worked as an assistant to the sculptor Barbara Hepworth. His first one-man exhibition in London was at the Leicester Galleries 1952 and in New York at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in 1960.

Frost's academic career included teaching at Bath Academy of Art, the Cyprus College of Art and the University of Leeds where he was Gregory Fellow.. Later he became Artist in Residence and Professor of Painting at the Department of Fine Art of the University of Reading.

In 1992, he was elected a Royal Academician and he was knighted in 2000.

Frost has 62 works in Tate Modern.



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