Sir Terry Frost R.A. (1915 - 2003)
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Red, Black and White Collage by Sir Terry Frost
Red, Black and White Collage. 2003


Painter, printmaker and teacher, born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Served in the Army and was held as a prisoner of war. Imprisoned in Bavaria he met the painter Adrian Heath who encouraged Frost to paint in oil. After the war Frost studied in the evenings at Birmingham College of Art, then at St Ives School of Painting and at Camberwell School of Art in the late 1940s. Frost later went on to teach at a number of art schools.

Frost began abstract painting in 1949, shortly before returning to St Ives where he worked 1950-2 as assistant to the sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Frost is notable for his use of primary colours and of shapes reflecting Cornish marine life, its bobbing boats and heaving water. He completed much work in paint and collage, which has a spare, taut quality. He exhibited widely internationally and in England, notably at Redfern Gallery, New Art Centre, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, and Belgrave Gallery, with a retrospective at RA in 2000.