Joachim Froese was born in 1963 Montreal, Cananda and arrived in Australia in 1991. He completed his BA Fine Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art, Launceston in 1995 and later his Master of Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane in 2001.
Inspired by art history Froese’s work re-evaluates the inherent qualities of analogue black & white photography and investigates conceptual links with Baroque and Renaissance painting. He works in a unique manner, by juxtaposing varying numbers of individual prints, and his images are laboriously assembled constructs that often defy reality.
Froese is best known for ‘Rhopography’, a series of still lifes depicting dead insects and deteriorating fruit and vegetables. Another is ‘Species’, an allegorical using discarded toy animals and sugar cubes to recreate biblical images from Italian frescoe illustrations during the Renaissance.
Froese’s recent body of works ‘written in the past’ and ‘portrait of my mother’, were both created after his mother’s death in 2006. These photographic series poignantly express universal themes of memory, absence and loss through the very considered placement of his mother’s personal effects, such as letters, ornamental collections, encyclopedias and porcelain crockery. The items photographed speak strongly of personal histories and examine the emotional connection between memory and object. The work maintains an obvious connection to still-life traditions in art while also challenging traditional notions of portraiture.
Froese has exhibited widely in Australia and abroad and his work is represented in a number of public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Redland Art Gallery and Artbank Australia.
Froese was awarded the 2007 Australia Council Grant for a 3 month artist residency in Berlin and had several group exhibitions in Europe and Australia in 2008. In 2009, the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum held a much anticipated survey exhibition of Froese’s work – ‘Stilled Life: Joachim Froese Photographs from 1999-2008’ with a supporting publication launched through the Queensland Centre of Photography to coincide.