Anthony FROST

Anthony FROST

Anthony Frost was born in St Ives, the son of artist (Sir) Terry FROST and his wife Kath. Always amongst artists from birth, he studied painting and design first in Banbury, Oxfordshire, where his family was living at the time, and then at Cardiff College of Art 1970-3.

In 1974 he returned to Cornwall, setting up his own studio and home with his wife Linda. Aside from his own devotion to colours and shapes (the chevron being the shape that comes readily to mind), Anthony's outgoing and generous personality has meant in the communal sense that he shares his work with others, young and old, and speaks through his work and teaching of the intense passion that art is for him. Often a painting from him arrives encased in a box decorated similarly to go with it, the extra measure that he gives.

For many years Linda Frost has been Head of the Arts Development team at the John Daniel Centre for people with special needs; some of their pupil artists have achieved semi-professional status in their annual craft and painting exhibitions, also due to the time and attention given by the couple. His use of strong primary colours is a hallmark of his abstract work.


Painter, mainly in acrylics; teacher

works and access

Works incl: Unstable Elements (1983) at NAG; Beat Down the Colour (1983) at Cornwall Council; Jazz (1985) at Cornwall Council; Green Mind (1991) at RCM, Truro

Access to work: Contemporary Art Society; Nuffield Trust; John Moores University; and many private collections; NAG (in permanent col 2007);  Eden Project (2001 Living art)


NAG Solo Exhibition 1975, Solo Show 1983, 1986, Art share 1988, A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989 (selected)

Critics Choice 1991 (from NSA Mixed Show)

RWE Bristol: Artists from Cornwall exh, 1992

Royal Cornwall Museum and Art Gallery

Eden Project, 2001-

2007: Selected for Art Now Cornwall Exhibition, Tate St Ives 3 Feb-13 May

Trereife Gallery, Penzance & Cheltenham Art Gallery/Music Festival (Touring) Painted Quartets 2009-10

The Exchange, Penzance 'Print!' Apr-Jul 2011: Contemporary and historic prints/printmakers

2016: Press Gang - The Art of Printmaking, Penwith Gallery, St Ives (15 Oct-14 Nov)

2017: Public Hanging 2, Penwith Gallery, St Ives (May-June)

2023: Public Hanging, LSG Withiel (25 Feb-18 Mar)




BBC4 (2010) Programmed comments: Art of Cornwall (series about artist colony of St Ives)

Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Cross (2002) Catching the Wave, Contemporary Art & Artists in Cornwall (pp68-71, photos & illus); 

Cornwall Today (Sept. 2015) 'Anarchic and Alternative' by Alex Wade

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership p80, pp154-5 (2); p187

RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol

Tate St Ives, Artists' Notes for Past Exhibitions 2007/Art Now Cornwall Artist Guide

W H Lane Sale Cat (2010)