Born in Warwickshire in 1915 Frost first began to paint whilst interned in a POW camp during the Second World War. In the late 1940's he went to Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, dividing his time between London and his home in St Ives, Cornwall. It was at Camberwell under the guidance of Victor Pasmore and under the influence of the St Ives artists (in part Ben Nicholson and Peter Lanyon) that Frost moved in to abstraction, producing more three-dimensional work, experimenting with collage and constructions. His first solo show took place in London in 1952 and by the late 1950's Frost was established as a leading artist.
During the 1960's Frost began teaching at Reading University where he later became Professor of Painting. In 1974 he returned to Cornwall where his love of the region provided a rich source of inspiration for much of his work.
Printmaking always played a key role in Terry's work: for him painting and printing were inseparable, with one medium creating ideas for the other.
Frost was elected a Royal Academician in 1992. He continued to exhibit regularly and a major retrospective took place at the Royal Academy in October 2000 to celebrate his 85th year. Terry Frost was granted a knighthood in 1998.
'Frost has developed a highly individualised version of modernist abstraction. His work asserts the self-sufficiency of the image, yet is fed by constant observation and an intense responsiveness to both art and nature. He has developed a repertoire of recurrent motifs: discs, half-discs and quarter-disc segments, circles, chevrons and arrowheads, truncated ovals, lozenges, triangles and diamonds. With this vocabulary, he creates a visual language of sign and analogy'.
Quoted in Terry Frost, ed. E. Knowles, 1994.