Joseph FrostJoseph Frost was born in Czechoslovakia in 1953. From an early age he displayed a natural talent for drawing and was encouraged by his parents, particularly his father who was a highly skilled artisan.
Although Joseph experimented with different techniques whilst at school, mainly pencil, pastels and watercolours, he was not particularly interested in formal studies. Even today he still holds to this idea. “My basic philosophy is that an artist should possess an innate ability which requires a minimum of formal training”, Joseph maintains.
In 1973 he left Czechoslovakie, spending a year in Italy while waiting to emigrate to Australia. Whilst there he spent time visiting various museums and art galleries in Venice, Milan and Rome. It was during this period that Joseph was inspired to experiment with oil painting. He realised that “a quality painting should have an everlasting sense of magic associated with it.”
Because of a lack of sufficient funds, he even used old bedsheets as canvasses! A number of these paintings were bought by the Slovak Catholic Institute near Rome, and the Director at that time, Fr. Nahalka, encouraged Joseph to continue his art when he arrived in Australia.
Joseph settled in Sydney from 1974-1980. His major employment was working for an art gallery at North Sydney, where he learned framing, restoration and his spare time concentrated on painting. Sydney Harbour provided the vehicle for Joseph to take up art as a full-time career. “The constant movement of ships, ferries, people,” he says, “the magnificent foreshore, where every bay reveals something different – this is what puts life into a painting where it is captured.”
He quickly established himself in the forefront of realist painters, concentrating on marine and harbour paintings and etchings.
By 1980 Joseph felt a need for a change in direction and moved to Numeralla (near Cooma) in the Southern Alps. It was here he developed his love for landscapes – a far cry from the bustle of the city. “It was the peace and serenity that now appealed to me”, Joseph said, “nature was to be my mentor now”.