Friström, Carl Oscar (1856-1918) was born in Sturko, Blekinge, Sweden, and probably came to Australia as a sailor and jumped ship in Brisbane in 1883. The following year he began exhibiting his paintings and quickly gained repute as a professional artist. He was best known for his portraits of politicians, prominent citizens, and Aboriginal people. The Queensland Museum has a notable collection of his work. He was also art master at All Hallows Convent during the 1890s, and was married to a music teacher, Caroline Johnston, with whom he had two children.
Carl was involved in the formation of the Queensland Art Society and was an early committee member. He became president in 1918 but died of cancer at the Mater Hospital in June of that year. As a tribute, the National Art Gallery was closed on the day of his funeral. Read more about Carl here.
|Carl Magnus Oscar Fristrom, Nahmbo, 1909|