John Frost: A Quiet Mastery
Author: Phil Kovinick
Publication: The Irvine Museum, 2013
The impressionist landscape painter John Frost (1890-1937) was born into a family of artists, headed by his father, Arthur B. Frost, Sr., one of America’s premier illustrators. After moving with his family to Paris and, later, Giverny to study painting, Frost contracted tuberculosis and spent several years recuperating in a sanatorium. In 1916, he traveled to the West, seeking adventure and a respite from his longtime battle with illness. While applying his classical art training to the dramatic vistas of California’s and Arizona’s deserts, he discerned how to capture their elusive colors and desolate splendor.
John Frost: A Quiet Mastery, Phil Kovinick’s definitive study of the artist, is the result of more than a decade of rigorous research. The volume’s beautifully reproduced paintings reveal a master of California Impressionism who garnered attention for his evocative, poetic landscapes of the Golden State.