Ashley Frost

Chasing the Light
1 August - 26 August
Opening Saturday 5 August, 3 - 5 pm

ASHLEY FROST paints at the turning point of each day - capturing the sublime transition of early morning or late evening light. His coastal vistas and urban streetscapes, painted en plein air, are ephemeral observations of the natural world.

In Chasing the Light, FROST shares his vision of the play of light across various natural and urban landscapes as he has travelled across the world. As an avid globetrotter he has painted from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Soho and upstate New York, right down to Antarctica, and also locally in Sydney and along the South Coast of New South Wales. Fluid in form and composition, FROST's paintings engage with otherworldly evocations of light. Often building up thick, viscous layers of paint with a vibrant spectrum of colour that convey the cyclical pulse of the physical world - from the motion of the bustling streets and the long shadow cast by urban high rise, to changing coastal tides between day and night.

Born in Sydney, ASHLEY FROST studied at the National Art School and did his PhD in Visual Arts at the University of Wollongong. FROST has had regular solo exhibitions in Australia, New York and Hong Kong since 1991 and he has shown in numerous group exhibitions around Australia. In 2003 he won the Kings School Acquisitive Art Award as well as receiving an Australian Post- Graduate Award Scholarship. In 2004 FROST received an artist-in-residence aboard the MV Orlova, which sailed to Antarctica. FROST has also received numerous grants from the Ministry for the Arts and has worked on many community arts projects, including Warilla Federation Local History Public Art Project and Heritage Walk Shellharbour. He was a finalist in the Waverly Art Prize in 2012 and The NSW Plein Air exhibition at Parliament House in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 he was an artist-in-residence at Stone Vineyard near Austin, Texas. ASHLEY FROST is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2017, with his portrait of esteemed artist and Archibald alumni, Janet Dawson.

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