Terry Frost British, 1915-2003
Sir Terry Frost was without question one of Britain's most distinguished and passionate abstract artists. He enjoyed a career spanning six decades, much of which was spent living and working in Cornwall.
Born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Terry Frost first began to paint as a prisoner of war. Returning to England, he received an ex-serviceman's grant and attended Camberwell School of Art, London from 1947 to 1950.
He went on to teach at the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham Court from 1952, and was the Gregory Fellow at Leeds University 1954 to 1956, teaching at Leeds School of Art from 1956 to 1957.
He was made Artist in Residence at the Fine Art Department of Newcastle University in 1964, became a full time lecturer at the Department of Fine Art, Reading University 1965, and went on to become Professor of Painting at the University of Reading from 1977 to 1981.
Frost's first one-man show was held at the Leicester Galleries in 1952. He continued to exhibit regularly in London and his first international one-man show was held in 1961 at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery, New York, USA. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Mayor Gallery, London in 1990 and in 2000 a major retrospective, Terry Frost: Six Decades was held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Terry Frost was elected Royal Academician 1992 and received a knighthood in 1998.
Public collections include:
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
British Council, London
Bolton Museum & Art Gallery
City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth
Contemporary Art Society, London
Cornwall County Education Committee
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
Exeter University Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Government Art Collection, London
Gulbenkian Foundation, London
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Leeds City Art Gallery
Leicestershire County Education Committee
Manchester City Education Department
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Northampton Museums & Art Gallery
Oldham Art Gallery
Rutherston Collection, Manchester City Art Gallery
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Southampton City Art Gallery
Sunderland Museum & Art Gallery
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
The European Commission Conference Centre, Brussels, Belgium
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Wakefield Art Galleries & Museums
Warwick Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Spa