Sir Terry Frost

Sir Terry Frost RA was a giant of British abstract art. His work reflects his gratitude and joie de vivre at having survived wartime incarceration - it is full of colour, light and the pleasure of existence 'a sense of delight in front of nature'. Frost took his inspiration from nature: the sun, moon, water, boats and the female form are recurring motifs abstracted into sensuous circles and curves. These shapes are often coloured in dramatic blues, reds, oranges, yellows and blacks. Frost believed that the interplay of colour and shape could realise an event or image more successfully than imitation. He combined strict formal discipline with great expressive freedom and a natural sureness of touch.

Sir Terry was elected as a Royal Academician in 1992, and he was knighted in 1998. He died in September 2003.