Luke Frost teaches our two-day Exploring Colour course.
Luke'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 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.
Frost’s work can be seen as following the tradition of the 1960s American ‘colourfield’ abstract painters such as Barnett Newman and Kenneth Noland. He acknowledges the influence of other American artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin and a notable British contemporary, Ian Davenport.
He has exhibited widely since graduating from Bath School of Art and Design in 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. Notable exhibitions include 'Maryland Art Place' Baltimore USA, 'Yale Center for British Art' USA, Beaux Arts London, Jersey Arts Centre, Belgrave Gallery St Ives and Newlyn Art Gallery.