is a contemporary Maine
painter who continues the American realist tradition of Winslow Homer and
Thomas Eakins with his fastidiously rendered figural images set on the coast
and in the countryside. His subjects include the hardworking fisherman and
farmers of Maine
and his family and friends.
Frontin was born in Camden, Maine, in 1962
and today resides near the town of Rockland.
Indeed, he only lived out of his home state briefly, while attending the
Philadelphia College of Art (1981-85) and while apprenticing in Andalusia, Pennsylvania,
with the noted realist painter Nelson Shanks (1985-88).
Frontin's outdoor scenes
portray the hardy individuals who make their living from the fields, rivers,
beaches, and bays of Maine.
The artist, who himself enjoys working in the open air, is interested in
painting people who are physically engaged with nature and who are unaware that
they are being studied; the opposite of posed works, these images convey
respect for the grueling and absorbing tasks of outdoor life and capture the
particular light and mood of the Maine landscapes.
In his portraits, Frontin is
inspired by the great art of the past. Whereas many contemporary artists use
portraiture to their own ends, Frontin is interested in a traditional approach
to the genre in which the artist's style is subservient to the subject, and in
which the finished work is true to its sitter. He has created many commissioned
portraits, including several depictions of prominent Maine figures, but he also paints subjects
of his own choosing.
Soundly crafted and
thoughtfully composed, Frontin's works reveal his desire not to impose his own
point of view on a subject, but rather to derive inspiration directly from it,
allowing its intrinsic nature to emerge.
"Hauling by Hand"
"Linda Wilson, President of Radcliffe College".
"Over the Edge"
"Portrait of Natalie"
"Dead at 91"