Regent Street Figures

9 January - 11 February 2012

The director's of SLOT presented a proposition to Sydney artist Joe Frost - to paint the environs of SLOT in a single painting session. An artist who works in the plein air tradition, Joe embraced the challenge. He says of the painting:

"This painting is free representation of the stretch of Regent Street immediately surrounding SLOT. The viewer might not recognise specific shops or landmarks, but I hope they recognise a sense of liveliness that is appropriate to the subject, and one that affirms life.

This was not an easy painting to do. Painting rapidly in a narrow working space for 7 continuous hours required determined concentration. Also, the window reflections complicate the picture. But I have tried to allow for this. It should work from any vantage point: up close, or from across the street, in the morning and at night. It was my intention that the passing cars and people would complete the picture. The three figures do not represent any particular people or relationship. Their features were formed under the brush, as surprising and mysterious to me as they might be to the viewer."

Joe Frost is represented by Watters Gallery Sydney.


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