‘The pictures are seriously raw, stunning, even kamikaze’ - Boy George
As midnight falls and central London’s streets begin to empty, a loose-knit community of drag kings and queens, fetishists, burlesque performers and gender illusionists people bursts into bloom. These startlingly exotic ‘Night Flowers’ are walking works of art, the streets their stage and every moment a performance. Dwelling on the shadowy fringes of London’s nightlife, they confound expectations and provoke reactions, from nervous glances to appreciative awe.
The works presented in this exhibition grew out of a project where Damien spent a year wandering London’s streets, regardless of weather or health, regardless of how long it took, to find the perfect shot. The project has since continued beyond the initial year and new portraits are constantly being created and seen by Damien’ ever growing social media following, so far standing at over 80,000. Many of these portraits have been compiled into a book, aptly titled Night Flowers: From Avant-Drag to Extreme Haute Couture, which was published by Merrell Publishers this year with a foreword by one of London’s original club kids Boy George.
This is Damien Frost’s first solo show in London following the publication of his book and will feature a selection of images from the book as well new portraits never seen before and promises to be a celebration of London’s alternative night-life at its finest.
Damien Frost is a London-based artist, graphic designer and photographer whose work has garnered a devoted global social media following, and whose work has been featured in such publications as The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, Vice and Slate magazine to name a few, and his book Night Flowers has been sold in Europe, the US and Australia and has already gone on to become a best seller in the world renowned Tate Modern Gallery in London.