artist statement, et cetera

“…all I want to do, is to get back to you…”
Jagger & Richards

Artist Statement

I am a multi-media, multi-disciplined visual and word artist.

The common denominator in my work is my hope that I can honor the effort, be faithful to the work, let it be authentic and genuine, whatever its message is, so that when  it is seen, read, felt or heard they are allowed to glimpse into a human soul, a human existence, and its struggle to speak. Art articulates my otherwise inexpressible emotions and it is the exact energy that art emits that provides enough light on my path where I can maintain the courage to traverse in a world that often bears such prolonged darkness.

I hope my art reaches you.
It is childlike. It is colorful. It does not ask much.
Some of it might be a little strange or perhaps puzzling.
All of my work springs from joy. And a notion.
My daughter, Casey, said “There are so many colors that seem to come out of nowhere. They always make me smile.”
I hope they encourage you to smile, too, out of nowhere.

I hope it gives you something worthwhile, perhaps some delight or whimsied bemusement.

Andy Frost

Biography

In “American Art Collectors” magazine gallerist James Balestrieri wrote this about Andy’s work at an exhibition in Brooklyn, “Pushing Matisse’s cut-out figures, pulling them back to figures suggestive of cave painting, the human form assumed, once again, a pure biological joy buried beneath layers of culture.”

Andy’s work has been featured in exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers including the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts; the Provincetown Center for the Arts and Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts; the Pagus Gallery in Norristown, Pennsylvania; the Cattaraugus Arts Center in Allegany, New York; the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy; “Two Artists/Two Days” at the Ira B.Gordon Center for the Arts in Waltham, MA; “You Are The Judge/You Are The Jury” in Brooklyn, New York; “The Perfect Ten” exhibit at the LOOK|Art Gallery in Mahopac, NY; Urban Art Center in Chicago, IL; “You Make Me Dreamy” exhibit at the Tointon Art Center, Greeley, CO; Studio Place Arts, Barre, VY; and “Triple Threat: Paintings, Poems & Sculptures”, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA; “Pleople and Places”, The Gallery At Wren, Bethlehem, NH.

His writing and artwork have been published in The Tequila Poetry Review, Boston Arts Journal, The Grub Street Rag and The Drum Magazine. His work has been highlighted in American Art Collectors Magazine, The Artful Vagabond (online) and Artsyshark (online). Andy studied at Boston College (BA), Plymouth State University (MBA) and at the University of Oregon (MFA) . . . and, less formally, with Ken Kesey!

 

Thoughts About Exhibitions
I try to get my art out in the world. Paintings, like any art form, are best experienced in person, without the filter of a photograph or website. I hope you get to see art live, any art — dance, theater, concert, poetry slam, gallery – up close and intimate.

“And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing, cheek to cheek”
Irving Berlin

Absorbing Matisse at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

  Absorbing Matisse at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, 2012.

My paintings are in private collections and have been featured in exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers:

  • Essex Art Center – Lawrence, MA
  • Provincetown Center for the Arts and Museum – Provincetown, MA
  • Pagus Gallery – Norristown, PA
  • Cattaraugus Arts Center – Allegheny, NY
  • Siena Art Institute – Siena, Italy
  • “Two Artists/Two Days” – Ira Gordon Center for the Arts – Waltham, MA 

    Two Artists/Two Days, Waltham, MA

    Two Artists/Two Days, Waltham, MA

  • “You are the Judge/You are the Jury” – Brooklyn, NY
  • “The Perfect Ten” exhibit at the LOOK | Art Gallery – Mahopac, NY
  • Urban Art Center – Chicago, IL
  • Tointon Art Center – Greeley, CO
  • Studio Place Arts – Barre, VT
  • “Triple Threat: Paintings, Poems & Sculptures” – Brickbottom Studios Gallery – Somerville, MA
  • “People and Places” – The Gallery At Wren, Bethlehem, NH
Studio Place Art - Barre, VT

 Paintings on the Tour: Studio Place Art – Barre, VT, 2016.

writings and press
My poems, fiction, essays, and artwork have been published in:

  • The Tequila Review
  • Boston Arts Journal
  • The Grub Street Rag
  • The Drum Magazine
  • American Art Collectors Magazine
  • The Artful Vagabond (online)
  • Artsyshark (online)

Meg the Dog

         Meg the Wonder Dog!