Mark Larson

“My recent series of large oil on canvas paintings draws on my experiences traveling abroad to Italy and Western Europe, as well as present day environmental concerns. By juxtaposing classical ceiling fresco motifs (like those in the Sistine Chapel for instance) and various art historical references with contemporary imagery and themes, I’m able to address my concerns about our relationship to the natural world in a fresh new way.

I’m also very much enjoying the changes in perspective and viewpoint that occur by placing figures on the sides of the canvas, facing inward, because it engages my imagination in ways I hadn’t anticipated before. In a very real sense, it has turned my visual world upside down, both figuratively and literally. As an imaginative realist painter with an affinity for classical architecture, symbolism and surrealism, I’m finding this recent exploration to be a very energizing and exciting experience.”

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