Sir Terry Frost
Sir Terry Frost RA (1915-2003) was born in Leamington Spa and was a giant of British abstract art, he is ranked among Britain's best know 20th century artists. Frost first began to paint as a prisoner of war. On his return to Britain Frost moved to St. Ives in Cornwall to be amongst the burgeoning artistic community there. He received an ex-serviceman's grant and attended Camberwell School of Art, London from 1947 to 1950 where he was introduced to abstraction by Victor Pasmore his teacher. He began abstract painting in 1949 and returned to St. Ives where he worked as an assistant to Barbara Hepworth.
Frost's work reflects his gratitude and 'joie de vivre' at having survived wartime incarceration; it is full of colour, light and the pleasure of existence 'a sense of delight in front of nature'. Frost took his inspiration from nature; the sun, moon, water, boats and the female form are recurring motifs abstracted into sensuous circles and curves. These shapes are often coloured in dramatic blues, reds, oranges, yellows and blacks. Frost believed that the interplay of colour and shape could realise an event or image more successfully than imitation. He combined strict formal discipline with great expressive freedom and a natural sureness of touch. He was awarded the John Moore's Prize in 1965, elected to the Royal Academy in 1992 and knighted in 1998.
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