He was elected a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts in 1992 and received a knighthood in 1998. A retrospective of his work was held at the Royal Academy in 2000. He died on 1st September 2003.
Terry Frost's work reflects his gratitude and joie de vivre at having survived wartime incarceration; it is full of colour, light and the pleasure of existence 'a sense of delight in front of nature'. Frost took his inspiration from nature; the sun, moon, water, boats and the female form are recurring motifs abstracted into sensuous circles and curves. These shapes are often coloured in dramatic blues, reds, oranges, yellows and blacks. Frost believed that the interplay of colour and shape could realise an event or image more successfully than imitation. He combined strict formal discipline with great expressive freedom and a natural sureness of touch.
"Sometimes I get the strength to have complete confidence in myself and every shape. Other times I find the shapes can be associative, but only after the painting. I can't stand them being associative before, that puts me right off". Terry Frost