Born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, in 1915, he did not become an artist until he was in his 30s. During World War II, he served in France and the Middle East, before joining the commandos. Whilst serving with the commandos in Crete in June 1941 he was captured and became a prisoner of war. As a prisoner at Stalag 383 in Bavaria, he met and was taught by Adrian Heath. He said of his prison experience that it was a ‘tremendous spiritual experience, a more aware or heightened perception during starvation’.
Frost's academic career included teaching at Bath Academy of Art, the Cyprus College of Art and the University of Leeds. Later he became Artist in Residence and Professor of Painting at the Department of Fine Art of the University of Reading.
He married Kathleen Clarke in 1945. They had five sons and one daughter. His sons Adrian and Anthony also became artists while another son, Stephen, is a comedian and actor. His grandson Luke is also an artist.
- Frost, Terry. "Frost's home for sale". West Briton Newspaper. The West Briton. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Dictionary of National Biography
- obituary in The Times, 3 Sept 2003
- BBC obituary
- Obituary in The Telegraph
- Works by Frost in the Tate collection
- artcornwall.org on-line journal for art and artists in Cornwall
- BBC Your Paintings: works by Terry Frost in public British collections
- Terry Frost at Bohun Gallery