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Sir Terry Frost

Born in Leamington Spa in 1915, Frost was a serving soldier in the army in WWII fighting in France and Palestine, when he met Adrian Heath who encouraged him to be an artist. In 1941 he was taken prisoner of war in Salonika, Crete and not released until the end of the war. It was during that time as a POW that he first became interested in art. He married Kathleen Clarke and moved to Cornwall in 1946, studying for a time at the St.Ives School of Painting, before taking up a serious period of study at Camberwell School of Art in 1947. It was there that he began to paint abstract works, which he continued to do after returning to St.Ives in 1950. His first academic post was Visiting Lecturer at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, and many more followed; Fellow in Painting of the Universities of Leeds and Newcastle; Lecturer, then Reader, then Professor at the University of Reading. In 1967, 1969 and 1972 Frost was the John Moores Prize winner and in 1974 he moved his studio to Newlyn, Cornwall, where he still works. He retired from Reading University in 1981 and was made Professor Emeritus. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1992 and knighted in 1998. The University of Exeter awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 1999. His most recent solo exhibitions include the British Council, New York in 1998, Royal Academy Retrospective in 2000 and Galleria Multigraphic, Venice in 2001. Portman Gallery is pleased to be able to offer limited edition prints by this distinguished and passionate abstract artist. Love tree, printed to a small edition size of 85 and hand finished with collaged hearts, is unusual to Terry's familiar style of work. However, it is a recurring theme, which is deeply personal and reflects his love of life, his family and most of all, his beloved wife.


Terry Frost died on 1st September 2003.

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