Terry Frost

1915 - 2003 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Terry Frost was a creative visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Born in 1915, Terry Frost passed away in 2003. Born in the same country and around the same year are Terry Frost and Leonora Carrington.


Terry Frost's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition 50 Years at Flowers | Cork Street in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 06 February 2020 until 29 February 2020. Terry Frost's work has also been exhibited during the FOUR GIANTS OF BRITISH MODERNISM exhibition at Beaux Arts London in the United Kingdom (18 September 2019 - 18 October 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an important hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the contemporary period, Britain had been largely overshadowed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Terry Frost

Born in 1915, Terry Frost was primarily inspired by the 1930s growing up. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the conflict between many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of humility and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and attempted to use their art to impact society. Topics such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work. Surrealism continued to dominate in Europe, and had influence worldwide. Artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico, worked to incorporate the ideas posed by Surrealism into their radical political philosophies, developing a new kind of magic realism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty unique paintings by the Old Masters, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler. The decade took a threatening turn with the birth of National Socialism in Germany, followed by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. By the end of the 1930s, the Second World War had begun; which preoccupied both artists and the global population.

Terry Frost

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