Steven Larson (b. 1977)


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Born 1977, Salt Lake City, UT

Education
1996-98 Salt Lake Community College, Illustration/ Design, Salt Lake City, UT
1999-03 University of Utah, Drawing/ Painting, Salt Lake City, UT

Selected Solo, Two person and Group Exhibitions
1997 – Petersen Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT, Solo
2000 – Walk Of Shame Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Two Person
2002 – Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT, Juried
2003 – Clayton Williams Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Two Person
2005 – Coda Gallery, New York, NY, Two Person
2005 – Rio Grand Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Fellowship Grant Award Show
2005 – William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, Group
2005 – Weber State University, Weber, UT, Juried
2006 – Palm Desert Community Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, Group
2006 – Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, Group
2006 – Utah Museum of Art and History, Salt Lake City, UT, Group
2007 – Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Group
2007 – Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, Solo
2007 – William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, Two Person
2008 – Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Group
2008 – Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Two Person
2008 – Terzian Gallery, Park City, UT, Group Show
2008 – UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT, “Utah Draws: Contour and Context”
2008 – Rio Grand Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Individual Artists Grantee Show
2009 – Springville Museum, Springville, UT, Salon Show
2009 – The public Trust, Dallas, TX, Group
2010 – 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, Group
2010 – Rio Grand Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, “Untitled”
2011 – Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Group
2011 – UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT, “Not just another Pretty Face”
2012 – Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, two person
2012 – CAUC “Utah Ties” Ephraim, UT, Juried group show
2012 – UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT, Annual fundraiser event
2012 – Pinnacle Performance, Salt Lake City, UT, “New Topographies”
2013 – 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Group
2013 – Urban Arts Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Group

Awards
2001 – Carmen Christensen Award, Scholarship
2002 – Howard Clark Award, Scholarship
2003 – Helper Plein Air Competition, First Place
2003 – Deseret News Show, Third Place
2005 – Fellowship Grant Award
2008 – Individual Artist Grant, Utah Art Council

Publications
2003 – Southwest Magazine, “21 under 31,” Bonnie Gangelhoff
2003 – Swinj Productions, Issue #5, Trent Call
2004 – S.L.U.G. Magazine, “Interview With Steven Larson,” Mariah Mann
2005 – Deseret New, Review, Mario Naves
2005 – Salt Lake Magazine, The Arts Guide, “Ten Artists to Watch”
2008 – Salt Lake City Weekly, “Artists You Should Know,” Kenny Riches
2008 – New American Paintings #78 Juried by Andrea Karnes
2010 – Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 7, Open Studios Press
2012 – 15 Bytes, Artist Profile, Ehren Clark (online publication)

Past Gallery Representation
Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT
Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, CA, Park City, UT, New York, NY
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
The Public Trust Gallery, Dallas, TX
Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Festivals / Art Fairs
Sausalito, CA
Beverly Hills, CA
La Quinta, CA
Cherry Creek, CO
Sun Valley, ID
Park City, UT
Cambridge Art Fair, United Kingdom


  • Domino Affect

    Domino Affect Oil on panel 21 x 20 inches For Sale The City Regarding our relationship with the natural world, one force affects the other reciprocally: weather and environment shapes humans emotionally and physically, and humans have an environmental influence, concerning ecology and climate. I find that a parallel can be drawn between a given civilization's relationships with natural forces, with that of personal domestic relationships. Often we lack objectivity and understanding toward our own patterns and how to maintain balance, as relationships develop. Themes surrounding weather and environmentalism are internalized, and are present in my work. Recently, my process is shaped by imagination and unconsciously realized intent. Compositions are not pre-meditated, and recognizable imagery arrives slowly, as layers develop. At times, a feeling of impermanence and flux is recognized, similar to how our understanding of environmental and personal relationships can be somewhat unstable, as progression is unpredictable.

  • Forget the Old

    Forget the Old Oil on panel 21 x 20 inches For Sale The City Regarding our relationship with the natural world, one force affects the other reciprocally: weather and environment shapes humans emotionally and physically, and humans have an environmental influence, concerning ecology and climate. I find that a parallel can be drawn between a given civilization's relationships with natural forces, with that of personal domestic relationships. Often we lack objectivity and understanding toward our own patterns and how to maintain balance, as relationships develop. Themes surrounding weather and environmentalism are internalized, and are present in my work. Recently, my process is shaped by imagination and unconsciously realized intent. Compositions are not pre-meditated, and recognizable imagery arrives slowly, as layers develop. At times, a feeling of impermanence and flux is recognized, similar to how our understanding of environmental and personal relationships can be somewhat unstable, as progression is unpredictable.

  • New Refinery

    New Refinery Oil on panel 21 x 20 inches For Sale The City Regarding our relationship with the natural world, one force affects the other reciprocally: weather and environment shapes humans emotionally and physically, and humans have an environmental influence, concerning ecology and climate. I find that a parallel can be drawn between a given civilization's relationships with natural forces, with that of personal domestic relationships. Often we lack objectivity and understanding toward our own patterns and how to maintain balance, as relationships develop. Themes surrounding weather and environmentalism are internalized, and are present in my work. Recently, my process is shaped by imagination and unconsciously realized intent. Compositions are not pre-meditated, and recognizable imagery arrives slowly, as layers develop. At times, a feeling of impermanence and flux is recognized, similar to how our understanding of environmental and personal relationships can be somewhat unstable, as progression is unpredictable.

  • Resting Sky

    Resting Sky Oil on panel 18 x 24 inches For Sale The City The City Breathes

    Steven Larson paints cities much the way cities themselves are created. The forming of rich texture through the application of multiple layers in many ways reflects the chosen subject. While capturing the gritty, multi-textured feeling of a large metropolis, Larson adopts a surprisingly lighter pallet, using colors of orange-peach and blue-green.

    The cities in these paintings are, like the ghostly figures that inhabit them, transient states of evolution and change. There is a constant transformation reflected as forces from both man and nature build up and tear down the layers that can define or obscure them.

    Often in Larson’s work, realism and abstraction co-exists together creating an atmospheric, almost ethereal environment. Both subtle and aggressive marks make up a rich surface quality, exploring numerous ways of getting paint from pallet to canvas. Though Larson's use of paint is free and energetic, the paintings develop slowly, often arriving at colors indirectly through glazes of transparent colors, allowing layers of color to run and drip.

    It is this delicate balance between control and non-control, detail against vagueness, opaqueness and transparency, soft edges against hard, that gives the paintings their sensation of quiet participation in a moment of curious and fleeting beauty.

  • Times #3

    Times #3 Oil on canvas 24 x 40 inches For Sale The City The City Breathes

    Steven Larson paints cities much the way cities themselves are created. The forming of rich texture through the application of multiple layers in many ways reflects the chosen subject. While capturing the gritty, multi-textured feeling of a large metropolis, Larson adopts a surprisingly lighter pallet, using colors of orange-peach and blue-green.

    The cities in these paintings are, like the ghostly figures that inhabit them, transient states of evolution and change. There is a constant transformation reflected as forces from both man and nature build up and tear down the layers that can define or obscure them.

    Often in Larson’s work, realism and abstraction co-exists together creating an atmospheric, almost ethereal environment. Both subtle and aggressive marks make up a rich surface quality, exploring numerous ways of getting paint from pallet to canvas. Though Larson's use of paint is free and energetic, the paintings develop slowly, often arriving at colors indirectly through glazes of transparent colors, allowing layers of color to run and drip.

    It is this delicate balance between control and non-control, detail against vagueness, opaqueness and transparency, soft edges against hard, that gives the paintings their sensation of quiet participation in a moment of curious and fleeting beauty.

  • Times #4

    Times #4 Oil on canvas 24 x 40 inches For Sale The City The City Breathes

    Steven Larson paints cities much the way cities themselves are created. The forming of rich texture through the application of multiple layers in many ways reflects the chosen subject. While capturing the gritty, multi-textured feeling of a large metropolis, Larson adopts a surprisingly lighter pallet, using colors of orange-peach and blue-green.

    The cities in these paintings are, like the ghostly figures that inhabit them, transient states of evolution and change. There is a constant transformation reflected as forces from both man and nature build up and tear down the layers that can define or obscure them.

    Often in Larson’s work, realism and abstraction co-exists together creating an atmospheric, almost ethereal environment. Both subtle and aggressive marks make up a rich surface quality, exploring numerous ways of getting paint from pallet to canvas. Though Larson's use of paint is free and energetic, the paintings develop slowly, often arriving at colors indirectly through glazes of transparent colors, allowing layers of color to run and drip.

    It is this delicate balance between control and non-control, detail against vagueness, opaqueness and transparency, soft edges against hard, that gives the paintings their sensation of quiet participation in a moment of curious and fleeting beauty.

  • Train Ride (Chicago)

    Train Ride (Chicago) Oil on panel 33 x 39 inches For Sale The City The City Breathes

    Steven Larson paints cities much the way cities themselves are created. The forming of rich texture through the application of multiple layers in many ways reflects the chosen subject. While capturing the gritty, multi-textured feeling of a large metropolis, Larson adopts a surprisingly lighter pallet, using colors of orange-peach and blue-green.

    The cities in these paintings are, like the ghostly figures that inhabit them, transient states of evolution and change. There is a constant transformation reflected as forces from both man and nature build up and tear down the layers that can define or obscure them.

    Often in Larson’s work, realism and abstraction co-exists together creating an atmospheric, almost ethereal environment. Both subtle and aggressive marks make up a rich surface quality, exploring numerous ways of getting paint from pallet to canvas. Though Larson's use of paint is free and energetic, the paintings develop slowly, often arriving at colors indirectly through glazes of transparent colors, allowing layers of color to run and drip.

    It is this delicate balance between control and non-control, detail against vagueness, opaqueness and transparency, soft edges against hard, that gives the paintings their sensation of quiet participation in a moment of curious and fleeting beauty.

  • Wash

    Wash Oil on panel 21 x 20 inches For Sale The City Regarding our relationship with the natural world, one force affects the other reciprocally: weather and environment shapes humans emotionally and physically, and humans have an environmental influence, concerning ecology and climate. I find that a parallel can be drawn between a given civilization's relationships with natural forces, with that of personal domestic relationships. Often we lack objectivity and understanding toward our own patterns and how to maintain balance, as relationships develop. Themes surrounding weather and environmentalism are internalized, and are present in my work. Recently, my process is shaped by imagination and unconsciously realized intent. Compositions are not pre-meditated, and recognizable imagery arrives slowly, as layers develop. At times, a feeling of impermanence and flux is recognized, similar to how our understanding of environmental and personal relationships can be somewhat unstable, as progression is unpredictable.

  • Inner City

    Inner City Oil on panel 19 x 14 Inches For Sale The City Regarding our relationship with the natural world, one force affects the other reciprocally: weather and environment shapes humans emotionally and physically, and humans have an environmental influence, concerning ecology and climate. I find that a parallel can be drawn between a given civilization's relationships with natural forces, with that of personal domestic relationships. Often we lack objectivity and understanding toward our own patterns and how to maintain balance, as relationships develop. Themes surrounding weather and environmentalism are internalized, and are present in my work. Recently, my process is shaped by imagination and unconsciously realized intent. Compositions are not pre-meditated, and recognizable imagery arrives slowly, as layers develop. At times, a feeling of impermanence and flux is recognized, similar to how our understanding of environmental and personal relationships can be somewhat unstable, as progression is unpredictable.

  • Planes

    Planes Oil on panel 19 x 14 Inches For Sale The City Regarding our relationship with the natural world, one force affects the other reciprocally: weather and environment shapes humans emotionally and physically, and humans have an environmental influence, concerning ecology and climate. I find that a parallel can be drawn between a given civilization's relationships with natural forces, with that of personal domestic relationships. Often we lack objectivity and understanding toward our own patterns and how to maintain balance, as relationships develop. Themes surrounding weather and environmentalism are internalized, and are present in my work. Recently, my process is shaped by imagination and unconsciously realized intent. Compositions are not pre-meditated, and recognizable imagery arrives slowly, as layers develop. At times, a feeling of impermanence and flux is recognized, similar to how our understanding of environmental and personal relationships can be somewhat unstable, as progression is unpredictable.

  • Village Bus Stop

    Village Bus Stop Oil on canvas 17 x 15 Inches For Sale The City The City Breathes

    Steven Larson paints cities much the way cities themselves are created. The forming of rich texture through the application of multiple layers in many ways reflects the chosen subject. While capturing the gritty, multi-textured feeling of a large metropolis, Larson adopts a surprisingly lighter pallet, using colors of orange-peach and blue-green.

    The cities in these paintings are, like the ghostly figures that inhabit them, transient states of evolution and change. There is a constant transformation reflected as forces from both man and nature build up and tear down the layers that can define or obscure them.

    Often in Larson’s work, realism and abstraction co-exists together creating an atmospheric, almost ethereal environment. Both subtle and aggressive marks make up a rich surface quality, exploring numerous ways of getting paint from pallet to canvas. Though Larson's use of paint is free and energetic, the paintings develop slowly, often arriving at colors indirectly through glazes of transparent colors, allowing layers of color to run and drip.

    It is this delicate balance between control and non-control, detail against vagueness, opaqueness and transparency, soft edges against hard, that gives the paintings their sensation of quiet participation in a moment of curious and fleeting beauty.

  • Basking in Blue Twilight

    Basking in Blue Twilight Oil on canvas 17 x 15 Inches For Sale The City The City Breathes

    Steven Larson paints cities much the way cities themselves are created. The forming of rich texture through the application of multiple layers in many ways reflects the chosen subject. While capturing the gritty, multi-textured feeling of a large metropolis, Larson adopts a surprisingly lighter pallet, using colors of orange-peach and blue-green.

    The cities in these paintings are, like the ghostly figures that inhabit them, transient states of evolution and change. There is a constant transformation reflected as forces from both man and nature build up and tear down the layers that can define or obscure them.

    Often in Larson’s work, realism and abstraction co-exists together creating an atmospheric, almost ethereal environment. Both subtle and aggressive marks make up a rich surface quality, exploring numerous ways of getting paint from pallet to canvas. Though Larson's use of paint is free and energetic, the paintings develop slowly, often arriving at colors indirectly through glazes of transparent colors, allowing layers of color to run and drip.

    It is this delicate balance between control and non-control, detail against vagueness, opaqueness and transparency, soft edges against hard, that gives the paintings their sensation of quiet participation in a moment of curious and fleeting beauty.