FROST, Terry

Terry Frost    (British 1915-2003)

Terry Frost, print maker & abstract painter, was born in 1915 at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. He attended evening classes in art at the age of sixteen, then worked at various jobs mainly concerned with radio and electricity. Frost started painting while a prisoner of war.  He was captured in Crete in 1941 and became a prisoner in Bavaria, where he met the painter Adrian Heath, who saw the portraits he was doing of fellow prisoners and encouraged him to think of art as a vocation. In 1946, Terry Frost  moved to St Ives and studied under Leonard Fuller. He had married soon after being demobbed, so by the time he and his wife Kathleen had agreed he should go to Camberwell School of Art on an ex-serviceman’s grant, he was already 32. He started studying in 1947 at the Camberwell School of Art under Pasmore and Coldstream. Frost & kathy returned to St.Ives, at this point he took time out to work as an assistant to Barbara Hepworth on her sculpture for the Festival of Britain. He also became a member of the Penwith Society, St Ives, 1950, his first one-man exhibition in London at the Leicester Galleries 1952 and in New York at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery 1960. Frost taught at Bath Academy, Corsham, 1952; Gregory Fellow at Leeds University 1954–6;  Leeds College of Art 1956–9. Frost became a member of the London Group 1958.

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