Terry Frost

Renowned for his use of the Cornish light, colour and shape to start a new art movement in England.

British painter, born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, one of the leading artists of the St Ives School. He attended evening classes in art when he was 16, but then worked at various jobs, mainly concerned with electricity and radio, and did not take up painting until 1943, when he was a prisoner of war in Germany. His fellow prisoner Adrian Heath encouraged him. After the war Frost studied at St Ives School of Art (1946) under its founder Leonard Fuller, then at Camberwell School of Art under Coldstream and Pasmore (whom he described as ‘my god’).

In 1951 he worked as assistant to Barbara Hepworth. His early work was in the sober realistic tradition of the Euston Road School, but he soon turned to abstraction. His work remained based on observations of nature, however, often the harbor at St Ives where he spent a great deal of time up until 1963. Blue Movement (1953) is an attempt to render in abstract terms the effect of the rise and fall of boats in a harbor on a twilit evening. Characteristically he used patterns of interlinked shapes—strongly outlined but avoiding geometrical regularity.

Taught at Bath Academy of Art, Leeds College of Art and Reading University. He was appointed professor at Reading in 1977 and became emeritus professor on his retirement. He was knighted in 1998. His son Anthony Frost (1951– ) is also an abstract painter of the St Ives School....

...He had his first solo show at the Leicester Galleries in London in 1952. Frost taught at the Bath Academy of Art from 1952 and Leeds College of Art from 1956-59. He was a member of the London Group from 1958, remained in St Ives till 1963 then moving to Banbury. He returned to Newlyn in 1974, elected into the Royal Academy in 1992 ...
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