Brilliant blue and light ultramarine volts, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
Original size: 72 x 72 in
Photographer: Simon Cook (cornish-images.com)
Luke Frost’s work deals primarily with colour relationships in precise compositions that question the viewer’s awareness of colour and space. He is interested in exploring the pictorial possibilities and perceptions of colour in strictly formal arrangements. Areas of layered colour washes are interrupted by stripes of contrasting or resonating colour – which he refers to as ‘volts’. These visually interact with the built up background hues, drawing attention to subtle modulations and contrasts and enriching the viewer’s experience of colour.
He has exhibited widely since graduating from Bath School of Art and Design 1998; in 2007 he participated in the Art Now Cornwall exhibition at Tate St Ives. In 2008/9 he was awarded a Tate St Ives residency during which he worked in the Porthmeor Studio No. 5, formerly occupied by Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron. An exhibition of Luke Frost’s work Paintings in Five Dimensions was shown at Tate St Ives in 2009. In the following year he was given a solo show at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London. Recently he has exhibited in Baltimore, USA and has recently held a solo exhibition at the Belgrave Gallery in St Ives.