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, Frost evoked moments and events that had produced profound reactions in him. Frost studied under Victor Pasmore at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London, where he came into contact with the work of 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 wholeheartedly 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, Leicester, in 1952. Subsequent exhibitions include the Arts Council Touring Exhibition, 1976, and Waddington Galleries, London, 1961. Frost exhibited regularly in London, and in 1961 celebrated his first solo show abroad at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York. Other major solo exhibitions include:
2000 - Royal Academy of Art, London
1990 - Mayor Gallery, London
1976 - Serpentine Gallery, London
1971 - Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Group exhibitions include:
2000 - Angela Flowers Gallery, London & Santa Monica
1995 - Here and Now, Serpentine Gallery, London
1980 - Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
The following museums and collections contain examples of Frost's work:
British Museum, London
Tate Britain, London
National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
European Commission Conference Centre, Brussels