At Bundanon

Ashley Frost

29 October - 30 November 2019

Arthur Boyd shared both home and studio at his property at Bundanon and Riversdale with many artists, including his brother-in-law, the renowned Australian artist, Sidney Nolan. In 1993, Bundanon and other surrounding properties (1100 hectares in all) on the Shoalhaven River were gifted by Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne, with the purpose of offering a creative retreat for artists, writers and musicians to be inspired by the land and scenery as they had been.

ASHLEY FROST recently took part in a three week long artists residency through the Bundanon Trust. The opportunity to paint under different skies has resulted in a series of plein air landscapes, interiors of the artist’s residence on the historical property, and portraits during his stay. It was an opportunity to paint and gather a newfound inspiration as many key Australian artists had before. Frost applies his own perceptive eye to capturing the Bundanon region, with subtle nods to Boyd through his engagement.

A finesse for painting en plein air is evident in FROST’s treatment of the landscape, sky and surrounding vistas on the adjoined Bundanon and Riversdale properties. Attention to colour and light is strong in FROST’s work. He captures the vivid fiery tones of the Illawarra flame trees known to the region, against the bright – sometimes harsh – sunlight and vast plains. Other works of Riversdale revel in the cool reflections of over-hanging bushland at the riverbank, or the high contrasts of a silhouetted landscape against the dramatics of a setting sun and fading light during dusky hours.

Observing the shared histories and practices that take place within the land, FROST painted works in response to events such as after a burn at Bundanon by the Mudjingaalbaraga Firesticks team. In doing this FROST memorialised an act of revitalisation and renewal. His paintings of winter poplars are ablaze and energised in response. With attention to light and its movement, the works trace light atop the trees and hills, and exude the vibrancy of the artist’s encounter. FROST’s interiors continue his evocative study of light and its transition. Painting interiors at dusk, or at turning points in the day there is a glow that warms the palette.

In the spirit of Bundanon’s artist legacy FROST invited fellow friends and artists to sit for him. Over a series of sittings FROST painted Painter John Bokor, who he met during his degree at National Art School in the 1990’s; Nicole Kelly who he regularly paints with en plein air around Sydney and Wollongong; and journalist and writer Caroline Buam. The confident mark making, and playful use of colour and tone brings liveliness to the works and subjects. Painted within Bundanon there is a sense that FROST has added new and personal memories in a place that is intrinsically embedded in Australian art history.



Frost - Bundanon Bush Painting 2019
Ashley Frost
Bundanon Bush Painting
oil on canvas
183 x 167 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - After a cultural burn 2019
Ashley Frost
After a cultural burn
oil on linen
95 x 103 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - From Riversdale 2019
Ashley Frost
From Riversdale
oil on linen
60 x 60 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - The Homestead Lounge 2019
Ashley Frost
The Homestead Lounge
oil on linen
60 x 60 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Arthur's Flame Tree 2019
Ashley Frost
Arthur's Flame Tree
oil on linen
60 x 60 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - The stillness of the river 2019
Ashley Frost
The stillness of the river
oil on board
35 x 40 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - Riversdale Study 2019
Ashley Frost
Riversdale Study
oil on board
24 x 25 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - Arthur's Flame Trees 2019
Ashley Frost
Arthur's Flame Trees
oil on board
24 x 25 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Reading Room Boyd Homestead 2019
Ashley Frost
Reading Room Boyd Homestead
oil on canvas
20 x 25 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Bend in the River 2019
Ashley Frost
Bend in the River
oil on canvas
25 x 20 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - Fool's Gold 2019
Ashley Frost
Fool's Gold
oil on board
23 x 17 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Last Sunset Over Pulpit Rock 2019
Ashley Frost
Last Sunset Over Pulpit Rock
oil on board
17 x 23 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Bush and Pasture 2019
Ashley Frost
Bush and pasture
oil on board
20 x 20 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - The Road to the Homestead 2019
Ashley Frost
The Road to the Homestead
oil on board
20 x 20 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Winter Poplars 2019
Ashley Frost
Winter Poplars
oil on board
20 x 20 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - Shoalhaven River Study III 2019
Ashley Frost
Shoalhaven River Study III
oil on board
20 x 20 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - Tree and River 2019
Ashley Frost
Tree and River
oil on board
20 x 20 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Frost - Writer's Cottage 2019
Ashley Frost
Writer's Cottage
oil on board
20 x 20 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Caroline 2019
Ashley Frost
Caroline
oil on board
23 x 17 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - Nicole 2019
Ashley Frost
Nicole
oil on board
23 x 17 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frost - John 2019
Ashley Frost
John
monoprint on primed paper
23 x 17 cm
For Sale
For Sale