Monotype, 1990

This large monotype print, is an example of Frost’s colourful abstractions, created by the artist painting in ink, directly onto a plate, then transferring the image onto paper by running it through a printing press; thus creating a one-off print.


Terry Frost

Sir Terry Frost RA (1915-2003) was a British painter and member of the St. Ives School, best known for his geometric abstractions. Formed of overlapping semi-circles, rectangles, and squares of bright colours, the artist’s work conveyed his enthusiasm for perceptual phenomena.

Frost only came to art in his 30s. He served as a commando in the Second World War, where he was captured by the Nazi’s as a prisoner of war. Whilst in captivity at the Stalag 383 prison camp, Bavaria, he met the English artist Adrian Heath, who encouraged him to paint. Upon his return to England, and spurred by the artistic dialogue he had had with Heath, Frost attended the Camberwell School of Art. There, he studied under the renowned painters Ben Nicholson and William Coldstream, who proved highly influential to Frost. Having moved to Cornwall, he worked as an assistant to the sculptor, Barbra Hepworth, whilst having several solo exhibitions of his abstract work throughout the 1950s. Frost was joined in the town of Newlyn by Roger Hilton, with whom he began a collaboration in collage and construction techniques. Later, as his painting career progressed, he began teaching at institutions such as the University of Leeds and the University of Reading.

Today, the artist’s works are in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.