Born in Leamington Spa, England, in 1915, Sir Terry Frost is one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.
Using bold colours and simplified, geometric forms, through his prints and paintings, Terry Frost evoked moments and events that had produced profound reactions in him. Frost studied under Victor Pasmore at Camberwell School of Art in London, where he came into contact with the work of the St Ives artists Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon and Roger Hilton, among others, which hugely influenced his abstract style. He experimented with collage and construction, etching , linocut , woodcut, drypoint etching and whole heartedly embraced print as a discipline. Frost worked in very close collaboration with Hugh Stoneman in both his London studios and the fantastic setting of his purpose built studio in Cornwall. As a consequence Frost's prints are as highly regarded as his paintings.
Larger portfolios, created with the expertise of Hugh Stoneman, include The Madron Woodcuts, 1998, Orchard Tambourines,1991, Timberaine, 2000- 2001, Halzephron, 2001- in total more than 130 woodcuts. This was considered by many to be the blossoming of Frost's late work.
Sir Terry Frost was elected Royal Academician by London's Royal Academy of Arts in 1992 and in 1998 was awarded an OBE for his contribution to British art and art education. Sir Terry Frost died in 2003
Frost held his first solo exhibition at Leicester Galleries in Leicester, England, in 1952. Subsequent exhibitions include Arts Council Touring Exhibition, 1976; Waddington Galleries, London,1961. Frost exhibited regularly in London and in 1961 celebrated his first solo show abroad at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery in New York. Other major solo exhibitions include:
*2000: Royal Academy of Art, London.
*1990: Mayor Gallery, London.
*1976: Serpentine Gallery, London.
*1971: ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art), London.
Group exhibitions include Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London,1980; Here and Now, Serpentine Gallery, London,1995; 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Angela Flowers Gallery,London and Santa Monica,2000.
The following museums and collections contain examples of Frostwork:
*British Museum, London.
*Tate Gallery, London.
*National Gallery of Canada.
*National Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.
*Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
*European Commission Conference Centre, Brussels.