Stuart Frost

Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Stuart Frost continues to produce one of the more distinctive bodies of work in contemporary American realism. Judging from this retrospective, which spans the years from 1957 to the present, Frost appears to be the kind of artist who is content to follow a course directed by his own expressive needs. Drawing has served as his primary medium since the ’40s. The precise style of rendering that is his trademark owes little to either photorealism or traditional academic realism. For Frost, the world of objective appearance is a starting point, in that he uses its forms as a vehicle to carry us to the threshold of subjective fantasy. Frost probes the inclination each of us has to see things how we imagine them to be. The keen interest he shows in how buildings and interiors, as well as articles of daily use, become invested with feelings and associations partly accounts for the works’

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