Sir Terry Frost, RA

Terry Frost is widely recognised as one of the leading British abstract artists of his generation, during his career he produced over 1000 paintings and works on paper, and only 261 prints (per Kemp's Catalogue Raisonee).

 

He lived for many years in Cornwall, and was a central figure in the post war St Ives School.

 

He has held over 120 solo exhibitions worldwide, including the many centenary exhibitions thoughout the UK in 2015, and over 200 group shows.

 

Terry Frost's work is in many public (Tate, MOMA etc) as well as private and corporate collections around the world.

 

Although he started as a figurative artist, he is best known for his exploration of abstraction, using colour combinations and shapes to create rhythmns and his own vocabulary.

 

As an art teacher he would famously ask his students to create different 'blacks' from a range of other colours. 

 

Terry Frost began reading Lorca’s poetry during the 1970's and was inspired by the poet’s visual imagery, particularly his emotive descriptions of colour. In the late 1980s Frost obtained copyright to English translations of several of Lorca’s poems and began work on the images in this portfolio.

 

Recalling this period of his life, Frost proclaimed his admiration for the poet, saying, "Lorca is so simple, and so direct, and so full of colour and ideas. I was so much in love with the poetry at that time" (from Terry Frost: Six Decades).

 

Elected a Royal Academician in 1992, he was knighted in 1998. He exhibited extensively in Britain and the United States, and his work is held in museums and galleries worldwide, including Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert and the British Museum.

 

In 2000 the Royal Academy staged a major retrospective of Frost's work to coincide with his 85th birthday. Sadly Terry Frost died in 2003.

 

During 2015 there are several retrospectives organised, to celebrate the centenary of Terry Frost's birth, in conjunction with Tate St Ives. In late 2014 Pallant House Gallery showed his Lorca series of lithographs as part of their "Conflict and Conscience" exhibition.

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