Ashley Frost, Wodi Wodi Track, South Coast NSW, 2018

Ashley Frost

Thirroul based artist Ashley Frost is a textual oil painter of landscapes and people. He has exhibited in Australia and internationally since 1996, with recent exhibitions in Hong Kong, New York, Texas, Tokyo and China. Ashley will be joined by three other artists on this residency: John Bokor, Nicole Kelly and Caroline Baum.

In 2018 he won the Hills Art Prize, was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize, the Gallipoli Prize and the Calleen Art Award. In 2017 he was a finalist in the Archibald Prize and won the People's Choice for the Mosman Art Prize. In 2003 he won the prestigious Kings Art Prize Acquisitive $10,000 and has been finalist in a number of national art prizes. He is a graduate of the National Art School East Sydney Australia receiving his BFA with distinctions in painting. Since receiving the Australian Postgraduate Award in 2004 he has traveled widely conducting research for his PhD candidacy and exhibiting his work around the world.

John Bokor has held solo exhibitions since 1995. His work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally in the UK, USA, Denmark and Norway. Bokor has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School, Sydney. He is a recipient of the Kings School Art Prize (2015), The Muswellbook Art Prize, Drawing Section (2015), The Wilson Art Award (2013), The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2013), The New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (2012) and the Waverly Woolhahra Art Prize (2004). His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the New South Wales Parliament Art Collection as well as significant regional, tertiary and private collections.

Nicole Kelly - Winning the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (Awarded by the AGNSW) in 2009, Nicole Kelly has also been awarded the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize (Awarded by Michael Brand) 2018, Hazelhurst Gallery Local Artist Award 2011, Gruner Prize (AGNSW) 2008 and Robert Le Gay Brereton Drawing Prize (AGNSW) 2007. Kelly has undertaken Residencies in France (2018, 2017, 2010), Spain (2016), the US (2018).Major public commissions include Sutherland hospital and St George hospital. In 2018 she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake research in Contemporary Painting and Poetic Literature. Kelly’s work is held in public and private collections nationally, in France, Spain and the UK.

Caroline Baum is a well known journalist and broadcaster. She writes about books,food, travel, the arts and aspects of contemporary life. In 2016, she contributed to the Rebellious Daughters anthology, edited by Lee Kofman and Maria Katsonis, published by Ventura Press. In 2015, Caroline was awarded the Hazel Rowley Fellowship and is currently working on a biography of Lucie Dreyfus. In 2013, she contributed to My Mother, My father: On Losing A Parent, an anthology edited by Susan Wyndham for Allen & Unwin . She has had several autobiographical pieces published in Good Weekend magazine. Away from her writing work, Caroline exhibits photography and has created a collection for Designer Rugs called SandScript.


In his Bundanon Residency project Frost is looking to merge his landscape and portrait works into a single approach of figures in the landscape. To achieve this Ashley has invited three artists to join him during his residency to sit for a series of portraits, painted en plein air in the beautiful surrounds of the Bundanon landscape. The artists Ashley has invited he has formed friendships with dating back to his time at the National Art School Sydney in the early 1990’s. 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 who he worked with on Carline’s Bookshots project that interviewed authors and artist from Australia and abroad.

All three of the artists I have chosen to sit for me are highly interesting individuals with numerous career accolades and strong features. I plan to paint each of them on location and conduct a sustained, concentrated observation ofeach subject.