Sir Terry Frost RA
Sir Terry Frost RA was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire in 1915. He began to paint during World War 2, after being taken prisoner during the invasion of Crete in 1941. He decided that he wanted to become a painter at the end of the war, and attended Camberwell School of Art thanks to an ex-serviceman's grant.
Terry Frost also attended the St Ives School of Art and in 1951 worked as an assistant to sculptor Barbara Hepworth. He taught at Bath Academy of Art and in Leeds, before becoming Artist in Residence at the Department of Fine Art, Reading University in 1965. He was later the university's Professor of Painting. His first one-man show was held at the Leicester Galleries in 1952.
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 been spent living and working in south west Cornwall, where his love of the region proved a rich source of inspiration for much of his work. Sir Terry Frost was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1992 and was knighted in 1998. The Royal Academy staged a major retrospective of his work, Terry Frost: Six Decades, to coincide with his 85th birthday in 2000.
Sir Terry Frost sadly passed away on the 1st September 2003 near his home in Newlyn, Cornwall, with his family around him.