Sir Terry Frost

Sir Terry Frost (British, 1915-2003)

One of the best-loved figures in British art, Sir Terry Frost was encouraged to paint in a prisoner-of-war camp by fellow prisoner and artist Adrian Heath, he moved to St Ives in Cornwall after the war, studying at the St Ives School of Painting. From 1947 to 1950 he attended the Camberwell School of Art, which, with Heath’s studio, was the focal point of Constructivist tendencies in England. Frost followed their concern for proportion and systematic procedures but he soon rejected their historicist notions of a necessary development towards abstraction from two to three dimensions and the potential relationship between painting, architecture and design. His first one-man show was held in London at the Leicester Galleries (1952), led to paintings that evoked the features of the Yorkshire countryside and harsh snowy winters. He returned to St Ives in 1956 but spent the decade from 1964 teaching at Reading University, before settling back at Newlyn in 1974.