Terry Frost
"Black Sun" by Sir Terry Frost

Terry Frost

Black is the container of all colour. As I’ve spent so much time making blacks and teaching students to make blacks from red, yellow and blue, it’s a very important part of my painting life. While teaching I would try to make people see the colour in black.

Sir Terry Frost, RA – Original artwork caption from “Terry Frost: Six Decades” – Warwick Arts Centre & Royal Academy of Arts, London and supported by Paul and Alison Myners.

Portrait of Terry Frost
Portrait of Terry Frost - in front of "Orchard Tambourine B Complete Portfolio" - 2002



Sir Terence Ernest Manitou Frost
 RA (13 October 1915 – 1 September 2003) was a British abstract artist, who worked in Newlyn, Cornwall. Frost was renowned for his use of the Cornish light, colour and shape to start a new art movement in England. He became a leading exponent of abstract art and a recognised figure of the British art establishment.

Terry Frost was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire in 1915. He was part of the
pioneering generation of abstract painters who rose to prominence in the 1950s. In 1946 he moved to St. Ives in Cornwall and though he periodically took teaching positions in other parts of England, he remained devoted to the Cornish landscape to which he returned permanently in 1957. His distinctive vocabulary of shapes (recalling boat prows, moorings and patches of the elusive English sun) and his skilful juxtaposition of color and form earned him wide recognition in Britain for more than four decades.