Ashley Frost is very much a location driven artist with many of his landscape works developed by painting and drawing outdoors. Where sea meets land and night meets day, Ashley immerses himself in what he describes as 'a convergence of light and place'. Ashley's paintings play on the relationship between bodies of water, buildings, roads, cars and vast skies through a communication of colour, light and reflective qualities. He builds up thick, luscious layers of paint to give his works a highly appealing tactile quality.
He is a graduate of the National Art School East Sydney Australia receiving his BFA with a Distinction in painting. He has travelled widely conducting research for his PhD candidacy on public art in the cities of Brasilia, Beijing, New York and Canberra. He has worked as an exhibiting artist for 24 years with four solo shows in New York (2000, 2002, 2004 & 2016), a solo show in Austin Texas in 2016 and group exhibitions in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Guangzhou.
He has had art residencies in Texas, Antarctica, Norway and Long Island New York. He won the Kings Art Prize in 2004, the Hills Art Prize 2018, the Mosman Art Prize Viewer’s Choice in 2017 and Highly Commended in the 2021 Flow Contemporary Watercolour Prize. He has been a finalist in the Archibald 2017, Wynne 2021 and Sulman 2021 prizes and a number of other art prizes, including the Paddington Art Prize, Adelaide Perry, the NSW Plein Air Prize, the Gallipoli Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award in 2020. His works are in collections around Australia including Mosman Art Gallery, Wollongong City Gallery and the University of Wollongong.
We warmly welcome Ashley to the Croydon and look forward to working with him in the year ahead.