Terry Frost


Terry Frost first began to paint as a prisoner of war. Returning to England, he received an ex-serviceman’s grant and attended Camberwell School of Art from 1947 to 1950. He went on to teach at the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham from 1952 and was Gregory Fellow at Leeds University from 1954 to 1956, teaching at Leeds School of Art in 1956 and 1957. He was Artist in Residence at Newcastle University in 1964, became a full-time lecturer at Reading University in 1965, and went on to become Professor of Painting at the University of Reading from 1977 to 1981. His first one-man show was held at the Leicester Galleries in 1952 and he continued to exhibit regularly in London thereafter, also participating in numerous group shows from 1953 onwards.


Frost’s first international one-man show was held in 1961 at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery, New York. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Mayor Gallery, London in 1990. In 2000, a major retrospective, Terry Frost: Six Decades was held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. His work is held in public, corporate and private collections throughout the world. Frost was elected Royal Academician in 1992 and received a knighthood in 1998.