1915 Born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
1930 Left school at 14 to work in Curry's Cycle Shop
1939-45 In active service, captured and sent to a German POW camp, befriending Adrian Heath
1945 Married Kathleen Clarke
1946 Attended St Ives School of Art; met Ben Nicholson and Peter Lanyon
1947-51 Studied at Camberwell School of Art
1950 Takes a studio in Porthmeor, painted the first of his 'Walk Along the Quay' series
1951 Assisted Barbara Hepworth with 'Contrapuntal Forms'; attended Penwith School of Arts; elected member of the Penwith Society of Arts
1952-54 Visiting lecturer at Bath Academy of Art and Willseden School of Art; met William Scott
1954-56 Awarded a Gregory Fellowship at the University of Leeds
1956 Taught at Leeds College of Art
1957 Became a member of the London Group
1957-59 Returned to St Ives permanently; Tate purchased 'Khaki and Lemon' (1956)
1960 Solo show in New York
1963 Taught at Coventry School of Art and Design, moved to Banbury
1964 Visiting lecturer at the University of Reading; taught at San Jose, California; fellowship at Newcastle University
1965 Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Reading; prizewinner at the 5th John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize exhibition
1967 Summer teaching in Voss, Norway
1969 Prizewinner at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Open Painting Exhibition; first of three visits to Elizabeth Frink in France
1974 Moved to Newlyn, Cornwall
1975 Summer teaching in Banff, Canada
1977 Appointed Professor of Painting at the University of Western Ontario, Canada
1979 Summer teaching at the Umeå Summer School, Sweden
1981 Retired from his post at the University of Reading, made Professor Emeritus; visited Russia to see Kandinsky's and Matisse's works
1992 Elected Royal Academician
1998 Knighted
1999 Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Exeter
2001 Visited Venice with John Hoyland
2003 Died

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1944 Leamington Public Library, Leamington Spa
1947 G.R. Downing’s Bookshop, St. Ives
1952-58 Leicester Galleries, London
1960 Bertha Schaeffer Gallery, New York
1961 Waddington Galleries, London
1963 Gallery 5, Reading
Galerie Charles Leinhard, Zurich
1969 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1970 Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford
City Art Gallery, Plymouth
1971 Waddington Galleries, London
Darlington Hall, Totnes
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Peterloo Gallery, Manchester
Arnolfini, Bristol
1972 Arnolfini, Bristol
1973 Bath Festival
Leeds Playhouse Gallery
1974 Waddington Galleries, London
1977 Serpentine Gallery, London (retrospective)
1978 Waddington Galleries, London
Gallery Zygos, Cyprus
1980 New Arts Centre, London
Franny Wynam Galleries, Vancouver
Willis Lane Gallery, St Ives
Parnham House, Dorset
1981 New Arts Centre, London
1982 Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham
1987/88 Belgrave Gallery, London
1989/90 Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London 'Terry Frost Prints 1948-1990'
1992 Adelson Galleries Inc., New York 'The Poetic Trail'
1993 Tate Gallery, St Ives 'Walking around the Quay'
1994 Flowers East, London 'Terry Frost: Prints'
1995 Flowers East, London '80th Birthday Exhibition: Paintings of the Nineties and Recent Prints'
Newlyn Art Gallery
1995/6 McGeary Gallery, Brussels
1996-9 Flowers East and Flowers Graphics, London
1997 Belgrave Gallery, London
2000 Royal Academy of Arts, London 'Terry Frost: Six Decades'
2001 Galleria Multigraphic, Venice 'Timberaine'
2002 Belgrave Gallery, London and St Ives 'Terry Frost: The Art of Collage'
2003 Tate St Ives 'Installation Red and Black'

Selected group exhibitions

1951 AIA Gallery, London 'Abstract Art'
Riverside Museum, New York 'Danish, British and American Abstract Artists'
1952 AIA Gallery, London 'The Mirror and the Square'
Contemporary Art Society Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London 'Seventeen Collectors'
1953 Hanover Gallery, London 'Space in Colour'
1955 Redfern Gallery, London 'Nine Abstract Artists'
1956 The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 'Recent Abstract Painting'
1957 I.C.A., London 'Statements'
Redfern Gallery, London 'Metavisual, Tachiste and Abstract Painting in England Today'
1959 I.C.A., London 'The Development Process'
1960 Pushkin Museum, Moscow and Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg 'British Painting 1720-1960'
The National College of Art, Dublin 'Irish Exhibition of Living Art'
'The Penwith Society of Arts: Tenth Anniversary Exhibition' (Arts Council, touring exhibition)
1962 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon 'British Art of the Twentieth Century' (touring)
1962-63 Tate Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery, London 'British Painting in the Sixties'
Yorkshire House, Leeds 'Red, White, Blue'
1964 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London 'Painting and Sculpture of a Decade 1954-1964'
1965 Bath Festival 'Corsham Painters and Sculptures' (Arts Council Exhibition, touring)
1966 Preston Art Gallery, Bolton 'Works by Sandra Blow, Elizabeth Frink and Terry Frost'
Ulster Museum, Belfast '3rd Open Painting Exhibition' [prizewinner]
1967 Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Tate Gallery, London 'Recent British Painting'
1970/71 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 'British Paintings 1960-70'
1974 Hayward Gallery, London 'British Painting '74'
1978 Tate Gallery, London 'Pier Gallery Collection'
1979 Waddington Galleries, London 'Nicholson, Frost and Hilton'
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 'British Drawings since 1945'
1980 Tate Gallery, London 'Kelpra Studio: The Rose and Chris Prater Gift Artists' Prints 1961-1980'
1985 Tate St Ives 'St Ives 1939-64'
1990 British Museum, London 'Avant-garde British Printmaking 1914-1960'
1993-2003 Contributor to most selected group exhibitions at Flowers (Graphics and East), Belgrave Gallery, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Beaux Arts Gallery
1997 Riverside Studios, London 'Prints'
1999 Austin Desmond Fine Art, London 'Twentieth Century British Prints'


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Gooding, M., 'Terry Frost', London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2000
Kemp, D., 'Terry Frost Prints', London: Lund Humphries, 2010
Bristow, R., 'Terry Frost - A Painter's Life', London: Sansom & Co, 2013
Stephens, C., 'Terry Frost (Tate British Artists Series), London: Tate Publishing, 2015


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