Sir Terry Frost RA

Sir Terry Frost RA was one of Britain’s most successful and highly acclaimed artists of the Twentieth Century. He enjoyed a career spanning six decades, was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1992 and recognised in the 1998 New Years Honours List when he was granted a Knighthood.

Born in 1915, Terry discovered his artistic talent during the four years he spent as a Prisoner of War in the Second World War. Upon his return to England he studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, enjoying the flourishing artistic scenes of London and St Ives.

Frost's paintings typically feature loose arrangements of sensuously curved shapes. Like other St Ives painters, he tended to base his pictures, however remotely, on observations in the natural world. He described ‘Blue Movement’ for example, as representing “the sensation evoked by the movement and colour in the harbour [at St Ives]”.

Often his colour was high-pitched, in particular the oranges and yellows, however, he also had other moods, for example ‘Winter, 1956, Yorkshire’ being inspired by what he called “a strong, cold, black and white environment”.

By the late 1950s he had become established as a leading abstract painter, exhibiting regularly in London and throughout the world. Printmaking always played a key role in Terry’s work, for him painting and printing were inseparable, with one medium creating ideas for the other.

In 1974 Terry moved permanently to Newlyn, Cornwall where his love of the region proved a rich source of inspiration for much of his work.

His work has a recurring theme, which is deeply personal and reflects his love of life and most of all his beloved family.

Terry Frost sadly died on 1st September 2003.