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John Frost
(1890-1937)


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"Desert Evening"
1915
Oil on canvas
26 x 30 inches




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John Frost was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1890 to the famous American illustrator Arthur B. Frost. Jack, as he was called, studied art under his father. In 1906, the family moved to Paris where Frost and his father shared a studio. He studied for several years at Academie Julian under artists Jean Paul Laurens, Jean Pierre Carre, and Richard Miller. Frost spent time in Giverny with artist Guy Rose and was influenced by Monet and Impressionism.

The years 1912-1914 were spent as a patient in the sanitarium Davos Platz in Switzerland fighting tuberculosis. Upon his recovery, he moved back to New York and set up a studio while he illustrated magazines. After establishing himself as a successful illustrator in New York, in 1918, he settled in Pasadena, California and met and married Priscilla Geiger, local sportswoman in 1922. The beauty and vastness of the California landscapes inspired Frost to create extraordinary paintings. By the 1920s, Frost established himself as the finest landscaper on the West Coast.

When Frostís father died, he moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia near Bryn Mawr occupying the former estate of Frostís grandfather. During this period, due to the poor turn of his health, Frost produced fewer paintings. Later on in his career, he took on sporting subjects such as hunting and fishing scenes and eventually gained a reputation as a fine sporting artist. One of his notable series with a sporting theme was published in The Sportsman magazine in 1935 and made into prints.

Having debilitating health, Frost moved back to California in 1936 where he spent his remaining years. His works were often shown at the Stendahl Gallery and the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Frost painted luminous, colorful landscapes of the High Sierra as well as the desert and village scenes of Southern California. He died on June 5, 1937 in Pasadena.

Member: California Art Club; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles; Pasadena Society of Fine Arts.

Exhibited: California Art Club, 1920, 1926, ; Southwest Museum, 1921, 1922, 1923; Biltmore Galleries, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1930; Pasadena Society of Artists, 1924, 1931; Painters and Sculptors of Southern California, 1924, 1925, 1926; Stendahl Galleries, 1924, 1925; Gardena High School, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937; Occidental College, 1929; Kanst Art Gallery, 1931; Academy of Western Painters, 1937.

Works Held: Gardena High School.

Sources:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.
A Private Collection of Paintings by Some of the Living Artists of Southern California by Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists by Laguna Art Museum
The A.B. Frost Book by Henry M. Reed