John Frost (1890-1937)
John “Jack” Frost was born in Philadelphia, PA, on May 14, 1890, the son of famous illustrator Arthur B. Frost. Jack, as he was called, studied art under his father and for several years in Paris at Academie Julian under Laurens, Carre, and Richard Miller. Ill with tuberculosis, the years 1912-14 were spent in a sanitarium in Switzerland. At the onset of WWI, he returned to the United States. After becoming a successful illustrator in NYC, in 1918, he settled in Pasadena, where he spent his remaining years.
John Frost became a close friend and painting partner of Guy Rose and Alson Skinner Clark, who greatly influenced his work. An Impressionist, Frost painted luminous, colorful landscapes of the High Sierra as well as the desert and village scenes of southern California. His works were often shown at Stendahl’s Gallery at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. John Frost died in Pasadena, CA, on June 5, 1937.
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