A BIRO is not the most common tool for an artist, but then many artists like to break away from tradition.
Jamie Frost is no exception, but his work currently on show at the Huddersfield Art Gallery (HAG) shows his vast talent as an artist.
A 8ft long drawing in Biro features alongside his intricate paintings and four lifelike sculptures – heads cast on wood, their every emotion on show in the lines on their faces and the expression in their eyes.
Jamie, a fine artist and sculptor who works from a studio in Denby Dale, is one of dozens of artists featuring in a showcase of artists currently on show at the Huddersfield Art Gallery.
The collection boasts the work of some of the town’s finest artists and Jamie’s sculptures certainly stand out.
Jamie said: “I feel inspired by what I see and experience.
“I do a lot of figurative work, it’s about constantly evolving, looking at nature and what goes on in the studio too.
“For me I think there are endless possibilities in art.”
A former teacher, Jamie graduated from Loughborough University in 1999 with a first class degree in fine art sculpture.
But instead of crafting his trade as an artist, he enrolled at teacher training college and got a job as a teacher in a school.
Jamie has managed to combine his love of art and teaching – he continues to teach from a studio at Springfield Mill, Denby Dale with fellow artist James Oughtibridge, a fellow HAG exhibitor, plus he goes into schools to inspire a younger generation of artists.
He runs night and weekend classes, in life drawing, stone carving, wood carving, drawing and painting.
Teaching forms a big part of Jamie’s work, it’s something he described as a “rewarding job that enables people and enriches lives”
But when he’s not helping others find the artist within them, he’s working on his own art pieces.
His pencil drawings complement his paintings and sculptures.
And they’ve proven a hit. Jamie has exhibited at the South Yorkshire Open, the Leeds City Art Gallery, plus he’s had work on show in Tuscany and Lithuania.
The HAG show is not Jamie’s first exhibition in the town. His work has been on show before including a collection of his drawings at Sleeper’s Bar three years ago.
His work will also feature in an exhibition at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in the new year.
“I grew up in Huddersfield. To be able to put my own work in the town’s biggest gallery is great,” he said.