Terry Frost ranks among Britain’s best known 20th Century Artists. After several jobs, Frost joined the Territorial Army in 1933 and was called up for service upon the declaration of war in 1939. Frost was taken prisoner of war in 1941 and began painting during his internment, sending paintings home in 1944. Whilst in captivity, he met British artist and fellow prisoner Adrian Heath. Upon his return to England, and on the advice of Heath, Frost moved with his wife to St Ives, and coincidentally that same road as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. In 1947, Frost returned to London to train at Camberwell School of Art, where Frost was heavily influenced by one of his teachers, Victor Pasmore, who introduced him to abstraction. Frost began abstract painting in 1949, shortly before returning to St. Ives where he worked as an assistant to Barbara Hepworth.


In 1974, Frost moved to Newlyn; it was the motifs of the Cornish landscape that dominate throughout Frost’s career. Influenced by Cornish marine life, the water-front, the reflections on the water, the movement of the waves and the masts of the boats constitute the building blocks of Frost’s formal qualities in his continual negotiation between abstraction and figuration, exploring aspects of balance, rhythm, relational shapes, line, colour, space and depth. It was during the 1950’s that Frost became one of Britain’s most creative, prominent and prolific painters.


In his eighties, having discovered glass as a medium to express himself, Frost became Britain's most famous glass sculptor, designing sculptures such as Millennium disc and Aphrodite’s Moon Dream at the Murano glasswork in Venice. Frost made them under personal supervision by the Venetian master glass-blower Mario Badioli, who assisted him in realising this new dimension in his work.


Frost was elected RA in 1992 and was awarded a knighthood in 1998.


His work appeared at various major national and international exhibitions.


Public collections include           

Arts Council of Great Britain, London

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand

Gulbenkian Foundation, London

Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

National Museum of Canada, Ottawa

Tate Collection, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, London



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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010, Terry Frost: A Lover of Life, Beaux-Arts, London

2009, Five Decades of Terry Frost (Prints), Stoneman Graphics Gallery, Penzance; Works on Paper from the Artist’s Studio, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives

2008, Beaux-Arts, London; The Paintings of Sir Terry Frost, Reading Museum, Reading

2007/03, Beaux-Arts, London

2002, Belgrave Gallery and Strand Gallery, London; Aldeburgh Badcocks Gallery, Cornwall, Newlyn; Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth

2001, Mead Gallery, Warwick University Galleria Multigraphic, Venice; Maison des Arts, Colle sur Loup, France

2000, Terry Frost: Six Decades, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Beaux-Arts, London

1999, Arts Council Spotlight, touring exhibition

1998, British Council, New York

1997, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives

1995, McGeary Gallery, Brussels; Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn

1994, Adelson Gallery, New York

1993, Austin Desmond Fine Art, London; Tate Gallery St Ives, St Ives

1989, Mayor Gallery, London; Belgrave Gallery, London

1986, University of Reading and Newlyn Art Gallery, and tour to Plymouth

1986/70, Plymouth City Art Gallery, Plymouth

1982, Gloria Gallery, Nicosia

1980, New Art Centre, Wiltshire

1978/74/71/69/66/63/61, Waddington Galleries, London

1976, Arts Council and South West Arts Retrospective Tour Serpentine Gallery, London

1971, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

1969, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

1964, Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zürich; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

1960, Bertha Schaeffer Gallery, New York

1958/56/52, Leicester Galleries, Leicester

1944, Leamington Spa Library, Leamington