Award-winning artist Jamie Frost has a talent with wood. His elegantly crafted and powerful figurative sculptures really bring the material to life.
The smell, textures and colours of his works make a multi-sensory experience for anyone viewing them up close. Where bark, saw marks and energetic splinters contrast with fine craftsmanship.
You can see his sculptures at his first touring exhibition, launching at the Coach House Gallery, Astley Hall in Chorley on 13 July. The Way of All Flesh centres around three major works, shown alongside numerous smaller sculptures, and a selection of supporting drawings.
The largest of the sculptures titled, Unbrush My Hair, stands an impressive eight feet high and has been hand-carved from a single ash tree. “Wood is a fleshy material and I want the visitor to have a sense of the figures I make, not just see them,” says Frost. “In their presence it’s hard, even for me, not to feel something when looking them in the eye. Whilst making I think about the people I draw, the people I’ve known, the person I am. I invite people to identify with these sculptures – an affinity with the material should make that possible.”
Frost is a figurative sculptor and draughtsman who grew up close to The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and his practice is strongly influenced by time spent working in Tuscany. Noted for his portraiture and figurative drawings, he has exhibited internationally and across the UK, alongside other notable artists, including Nicola Hicks, Peter Randall-Page, Andy Warhol and Rembrandt.
The exhibition, The Way of All Flesh, will occupy the Coach House Gallery set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Hall and park from 13 July until 1 September 2019.
Artist at work on ‘The Gaslighter’s Comeuppance’, holly, 2017, photo: Georgia Shaw Photography
Jamie Frost, ‘Unbrush my Hair’ detail, ash, 2017-18, photo: Georgia Shaw Photography
Jamie Frost, ‘Voice of Reason’
Artist at work in his studio, photo: Georgia Shaw Photography
Jamie Frost, ‘The Gaslighter’s Comeuppance’, detail, holly, 2017, photo: Georgia Shaw Photography
Jamie Frost, ‘If I had your money’
Jamie Frost, ‘Off For Huffing’
Artist at ‘Way of All Flesh Exhibition’ at The Artworks in Halifax, photo: Elspeth Mary Moore