“I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where, along with my public schooling, I attended the Saturday School of the Columbus College of Art and Design. I got a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Dartmouth College and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts.
I’ve always been drawn to art that tells or suggests a story. I wrote and illustrated the children’s book Gowanus Dogs. I’ve done series of paintings based on Greek tragedies and on the civil rights movement. While planning further work on civil rights, I’m taking time now to do a series of ten paintings depicting scenes from Romeo and Juliet. The first four of these Romeo and Juliet paintings I’ve completed are as follow:”
“O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright” (Act I, Scene V)
“Come night! come Romeo! come thou day in night!” (Act III, Scene II)
“ . . . I will kiss thy lips;
Haply, some poison yet doth hang on them” (Act V, Scene III)
“O happy dagger!” (Act V, Scene III)
Jonathan Frost has studied and traveled in France, and speaks French. He has a BA in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. He has shown at the Viridian Gallery, the Visual Arts Gallery, the Art Directors’ Club, Bob Black-burn’s Printmaking Workshop, and the Embassy of the French Cultural Ministry in New York and at several galleries in New England. He has taught at the Maine College of Art; Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta, Maine; and Maine Coast Artists (now the Center for Maine Contemporary Art) in Rockport. He also teaches privately. His children’s book Gowanus Dogs received the Marion Vannett Ridgway Memorial Honor Book Award and the National Council for Social Studies – Children’s Book Council Award. Since 2007 he has owned the Jonathan Frost Gallery and Frame Shop in Rockland, Maine.