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Terry Frost (1915-2003)

Abstract painter and printmaker born Terence Ernest Manitou Frost in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. He enlisted in the army in World War II in 1939 and after serving in Sudan, Abyssinia, Egypt and Crete he was taken prisoner-of-war in June 1941. In the POW camp at Hohenfais, Bavaria, he met Adrian Heath who encouraged him to paint. After the cessation of hostilities in 1945 he began attending evening classes at Birmingham School of Art and the following year he relocated to Cornwall where he attended St. Ives School of Painting. In 1947 Frost held his first solo exhibition at G.R. Downing's bookshop in St. Ives, and that autumn began studying at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts. He did not paint his first abstract picture until 1949 and from then on his work became totally abstract and during the next decade was associated with the short-lived Constructionism movement. He settled permanently in St. Ives in 1951 and for a time