"Gaze into the eyes of The Blue Buddha as he fills you with a joy and calming spirit for your soul." This Buddha Head contains more then 80,000 glass seed beads. It took Joshua … [Read more...]
"May The Sacred Blue Ganesha divert all obstacles that stand before you and bring the wealth that you need." Joshua considers this Ganesh to be the greatest accomplishment of … [Read more...]
"May The Lucky Buddha bring you love, luck, health and wealth." This Lucky Buddha contains more then 80,000 glass seed beads. It took Joshua 250 hours over a 7 month period to … [Read more...]
"May The Golden Buddha Bless and Light your way." This Shining Golden Buddha emanates light and love. It is coated in luxurious gold leaf and over 60,000 iridescent glass beads. … [Read more...]
Joshua "Komson" Frager is the adopted son of the most highly regarded Thai Sage Peerapong Thongsansra. While meditating in Master Thongsansra's temple Joshua absorbed the glow of the Golden Buddha's and brightly painted walls around him. At this moment he was filled with love and a vision to create art that could awaken the soul. With Master Thongsansra's blessing, Joshua was given his new name "Komson" meaning student and son. Joshua then returned to America to create his vision. Joshua's work is more than just art, it carries the blessings of love, luck, health and wealth that have been passed down for thousands of years from the time of Buddha, to his father and then on to him.
Of the few happy memories Joshua had, one of them was seeing John Barber blowing glass at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. As he lay in his cell he imagined the glow of the molten glass, the way it flowed and shaped to create something beautiful. He wanted that for his own life, to become something beautiful. He decided that night that whatever it took, he would pour his life into the art of glassblowing.
The one person that had always stood by Joshua's side was his grandfather "Papa", who upon his release, took him in so he could have a second chance at life. From then on, Joshua took every opportunity he could get, to learn the art of glass. His journey took him on a 2 month apprenticeship from a glassblower he had met in Oregon. After his apprenticeship Joshua wrote a letter to Pilchick Glass School telling them his story, he was accepted there as a student. It seemed that with each piece of glass art Joshua made, his past began to shed away and the new life he had promised to make began to flow in front of him like molten glass.
After returning from Pilchuck Papa fell ill and died of Cancer. This was a huge loss for Joshua. Some of Papa's last words will always ring in Joshua's heart. "I can die happy now that I know Joshua has glassblowing to keep him safe." Papa had been a survivor of the Holocaust, he often told Joshua,"If I can survive 5 years in a concentration camp then you can survive anything."
This was a pinnacle moment in Joshua's life, the pain he felt from the loss was almost too much and the pull to turn to his old ways nearly overtook him, but he remembered how far he had come, he remembered Papa's words. So he packed his bags and moved to Hawaii. Here his life changed completely. He built his glass studio in the backyard of his little red beach hut. He spent his days making glass turtles and letting the island heal his soul. As he sat under his coconut tree, watching the waves and playing his guitar Joshua truly found himself. His past had finally drifted away and his future was bright in front of him.
Since this time Joshua has traveled the world creating and teaching art. Immersing himself in cultures around the globe. He has taught glassblowing in Thailand, China and Mexico. His glass art has been carried in over 40 galleries worldwide.
Last year on a journey to Thailand to learn the art of tattooing, Joshua's path lead him to an amazing Thai Sage named Peerapong Thongsansra. Joshua sat in his temple for days on end absorbing his blessings and feeling the warm glow of the Buddha's that surrounded him. Master Thongsansra would eventually adopt Joshua as his son giving him the father he never had. On one of his last days in Thailand Joshua sat in beautiful temple meditating. It was at this moment that Joshua realized his calling. With his new Dads blessing Joshua returned to his beginnings in Southern. CA. and began creating his new works of spiritual art.
Joshua's hopes his art will create a spark inside of you and help you flow into the beautiful thing we were all meant to be.
Jeff Chang Gallery - Oahu, Hawaii
Nohea Gallery - Oahu. Hawaii
Martin and Mac Arthur Gallery - Oahu, Hawaii
Island Treasures - Oahu, Hawaii
Village Gallery - La Haina, Maui
Oregon Apprenticeship - Lampworking with Jason Headman
Sidestreet Gallery – Oil Painting with Mary Von Lortz