Painter. Born near Karlskrona, Sweden on Jan. 23, 1864. As a seaman Fristrom sailed to Australia in 1888, Settling in Brisbane, he and his brother Carl Oscar (1856-1917) established a studio and cofounded the Queensland Art Society. He studied art there briefly, but remained essentially a self-taught artist. After 1903 he lived in New Zealand where he painted many landscapes and portraits of the Maori. For several years he exhibited regularly in Auckland and was a popular instructor at the Elam School of Art there. Leaving the school over a pay dispute, he sailed for California in 1915. He lived in Carmel until 1924 when he settled into a studio-home across the Golden Gate in San Anselmo at 869 San Anselmo Avenue. In 1939 he helped establisNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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