An exhibition by Russell Frost from Hooksmith Press, Leytonstone.
Exhibition Title: 'High Over Wanstead Flats''
Private View: Thursday 22nd March 6-9pm
Exhibition to run throughout of April
A selection of new works responding to Wanstead Flats, Forest Gate (and a couple of it's inhabitants and famous happenstances), including homages to Hendrix and Hopkins.
Russell B. Frost, Letterpress Artist & Designer
b. 1973 (Canada)
Raised in the South Island of New Zealand
Education, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University, NZ,1995
Hooksmith Press is a small Letterpress studio run by Russell Frost. He also runs a well-known, postage-stamp sized retail gallery/shop in Church Lane, Leytonstone.
A self-taught printer; his work appeals to those with an eye for a genuine, hand-printed quality article. A keen observer with a wry sense of humour, his work mixes typography with nostalgia and witticism, often boldly printed with striking simplicity on vintage printing presses with equipment he has collected from across the globe.
Mixing antique letterpress wood type (some over 180 years old) and advertising graphic blocks of similar age, his work is honest and described by some as masculine. A collector all of his life, 44 year old Frost, proudly displays a large weather beaten 1930’s school map of New Zealand in his Home-Come-Studio in Leytonstone. He won this for a good school assignment at the tender age of 8. With only one other child in his year, he’s quick to point out that maybe it wasn’t necessarily the greatest academic achievement, but marked the beginnings of his collecting in his then rural and mountainous home of St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes National Park.
After a stint as a professional fly-fishing guide in NZ, he followed his now wife to London where he has been printing and residing with their daughter for nearing on 10 years. He was recently named a Cultural Star by the borough of Waltham Forest as part of their successful bid for Borough of Culture 2019.