Los Angeles-based artist, James Frost, creates works of magical realism focusing on portraits and animals, presented in more unusual situations. James prefers to work with oils in the classical fat-over-lean style made popular by 15th-century artists. The eternal and dynamic qualities of time and space, the terrifying oceans, and the peaceful mystery of forests are strong inspirations for him.
As an emerging artist in 2023, James continues to advance his craft, venturing into the realm of abstract art, though using similar, classical techniques. His storytelling ability through painting can be described as literal and genuine, and much can be interpreted from his unique designs. His subjects are usually solitary and bold, leading the viewer on an unexpected journey.
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I paint my favorite people and animals in ways that I haven’t seen before. Sometimes the story pops into my imagination, other times it percolates for a while. My work has been described as literal and genuine; there is much to interpret from my solitary subjects in their unique environments.
I work with oil on canvas in the classic, fat-over-lean method. I am naturally slow, I love the smooth texture of oils and I prefer structure, so this style suits me. I plan on remaining in my oily comfort zone, creating improved pieces until I’m dead, and even then I’ll keep painting in the Great Beyond. I will get more done without earthly distractions like eating or cleaning my brushes. Time is a construct anyway; I’m both a dead and a living painter in the multiverses. I am the Schrödinger’s Cat of artists.