2 December - 20 DecemberASHELY FROST grew up around Sydney harbour, living in Seaforth, Fairlight, Mosman, Cremorne and the Rocks in Sydney. Coastal scenes have continued to be a significant and present force throughout FROST's life and art practice, since his time in high school sketching of The Opera House during his Latin classes. This exhibition showcases the paintings by FROST that are inspired and developed from a series of plein air painting sessions around Sydney Harbour and similar local views.
Harbour Studies is very much a process driven exhibition. FROST builds up thick, luscious layers of paint to give his works a highly appealing tactile quality. Many of these works are early morning paintings produced through the winter and spring of 2014. Typically arriving onsite from 5.30 am, FROST paints until about 10 am, capturing the sublime transition of early morning light. Other works captures these coastal vistas through twilight. Frost's paintings play on the relationship between bodies of water and vast skies through a communication of colour, light and reflective qualities.
FROST addresses the significant art history of these Sydney locations that resonate with his own practice. Many early Australian artists, including Lloyd Rees, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton have frequented these specific local scenes with similar intent. For FROST, plein air painting is very much about a shared vision of a time in a place. Thus the first light for these works is paramount, enabling FROST to explore a lush spectrum of colour on palette and in the works. There is also an immediacy and honestly in the works, due to a narrow window of gentle and yet dramatic light.