Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003)


Sir Terry Frost was a Royal Academician whose long and successful career as an artist only began in his 30s during his experience as a prisoner of war in Germany.

Frost was born on 13 October 1915 in Leamington Spa and attended art evening classes as a teenager. Whilst serving with the commandos in Crete in 1941, Frost was captured as a prisoner of war and it was during this time that his artistic career began; Frost met fellow POW and abstract British artist, Adrian Heath who began to teach him how to paint.

Following the War, Frost studied at St Ives and Camberwell School of Art and held his first solo exhibition in London at the Leceister Galleries in 1952. He taught at many academies including Bath Academy of Art, Leeds College of Art and Cyprus College of Art. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1992 and was knighted in 1998.