Escarpment

Ashley Frost

29 June - 24 July

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden


ASHLEY FROST’s works often capture the sublime transition of early morning or evening dusk light. Fluid in form and composition, His paintings engage otherworldly evocations of light through a vivid and viscous palette. Known for capturing city and streetscapes as well as coastal scenes, Frost takes to new body of work and his viewers on a bush walk up to the escarpment forests.

Located in the Illawarra and accessed by the Wodi Wodi Track – named for the original custodians of the land of this area – the Illawarra Escarpment or official the Illawarra Range and its fold-created cliffs and plateau-eroded outcrop mountain range west of the Illawarra coastal plain south of Sydney. It contains the most extensive area of rainforest in the Sydney basin. In his Escarpment series ASHLEY FROST strives to express through his paintings a coherence of the natural form of the escarpment. FROST’s key focus is to be on creating a sensation of the light of the area; one that is both felt and visually observed.

A distinctive feature of the Illawarra escarpment forest is its proximity to the ocean – in some cases like Stanwell Park only a few hundred metres – creating a dramatic convergence of mountain and sea. On any still day the early morning light is reflected off the south coast ocean like a mirror, throwing light into the forest from all directions. This dazzling light has the effect of radiating light and colour from all objects in all directions, shortening shadows and eliminating silhouettes. 

ASHLEY FROST’s practice of painting en plein air at often drastically different times and moments throughout the day allows him to capture this enchanting divergence. FROST revels in a diverse mixture of eucalyptus on the escarpment. However, he takes particular interest in its upper points where the angophoras dominate on high. From the deep orange reds of its distinctive bark FROST is compelled to play with the colour and temperature of his paintings. This coupled with the relentless twisting and turning limbs of the Angophora sees a natural linear abstraction emerging within ASHLEY FROST’s work. The sensory peace and meditative state of this environment allowed for the artist’s work en plein air to brings forth and provide a bridge to a deeper experience of place; one that considers the Indigenous histories and the environmental balances of what is a dramatic backdrop to the artist’s local town of Thirroul that spans 200 million years of geological history.

ASHLEY FROST has had many solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has been in many prestigious art prizes, including, the Mosman, the Paddington Art Prize, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize, the Archibald Prize in 2017 and currently as a finalist in both the Wynne and Sulman Art Prizes 2021.



Frost Angophora Costata 2021
Ashley Frost
Angophora Costata
oil on linen
136 x 152 cm

$10,000
For Sale
For Sale
Frost Wodi Wodi Track 2020
Ashley Frost
Wodi Wodi Track
oil on board
122 x 152 cm

$9,000

SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Frost Escarpment Study 1 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 1
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
For Sale
For Sale
Frost Escarpment Study 2 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 2
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
For Sale
For Sale
Frost Escarpment Study 3 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 3
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Escarpment Study 4 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 4
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
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For Sale
Frost - Escarpment Study 5 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 5
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Escarpment Study 6 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 6
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300

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SOLD
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Frost - Escarpment Study 7 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 7
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
For Sale
For Sale
Frost Escarpment Study 8 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 8
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300

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Frost  Escarpment Study 9 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 9
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
For Sale
For Sale
Frost Escarpment Study 10 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 10
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300
For Sale
For Sale
Frost Escarpment Study 11 2021
Ashley Frost
Escarpment Study 11
oil on board
40 x 40 cm

$3,300

SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Frsot Colour Study 1 2021
Ashley Frost
Colour Study 1
oil on chalk gesso on paper
27.5 x 25.5 cm

$1,400

SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Frost Colour Study 2 2021
Ashley Frost
Colour Study 2
oil on chalk gesso on paper
27.5 x 25.5 cm

$1,400

SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Frost Colour Study 3 2021
Ashley Frost
Colour Study 3
oil on chalk gesso on paper
27.5 x 25.5 cm

$1,400

SOLD
SOLD
SOLD