Upon graduating from Dartmouth in philosophy, Jonathan Frost declared, “I’m going to be an artist.” Despite a predilection for and early training in art, he had no idea how to go about making a living as an artist. Through years of work in mental health, carpentry, and adult literacy, he kept drawing and painting. In his forties he attended the MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay program at the school of Visual Arts in New York.
Older work on display includes landscapes, figure drawings, paintings based on Greek mythology, and etchings of urban landscapes. Most of the newer paintings represent early stages of what is to be an extensive body of work on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60’s.
Over the past several years, Jonathan Frost has become known and highly respected in the mid-coast Maine region as a framer, artist and art instructor. He has also worked as a gallery manager and has designed and hung large shows of many artists’ work, including the Remove Tree show in 2002 and the Portraits of Conscience show through Amnesty International in 2006, both held at Lincoln Street Center for the Arts and Education.
Jonathan Frost is a fine artist, illustrator and picture framer, trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He now lives with his wife, artist Susan Beebe, in Rockland, Maine and owns and operates the Jonathan Frost Gallery.
He works in oils for most of his easel pieces. Frost also is a master intaglio print maker. You can see some of his beautiful etchings and drypoints here.