I Want You On My Wall – Caroline Larsen

Caroline Larsen Garden Mound 2014 Oil on Canvas 27 x 31 inches

Garden Mound, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 27 x 31 inches

I have a confession to make, I’ve only ever seen one of these works in person and half of it was covered in plastic.  I made my way to Mulherin + Pollard here in New York to see “Curb Appeal” and found out that the show was only up for a week and I had missed it by a couple of days.  The guy at the gallery was awesome and showed me some pieces that were in storage but I felt bad having him completely unwrap them hence the behind-plastic view.  Even so, the work was just as texturally complex and intricate as I had hoped it would be and I was even more disappointed to have missed the show!

Merging a pixilated neo-impressionism with the visual properties of textiles, Larsen creates beautiful landscapes that draw the eye all around the canvas.  The paint is applied in a very thick layer, making the images rich in color and intricate from both far away and close up.  In her latest works, Larsen used images sourced from landscaping blogs and real estate listings depicting the idea of success in the American southwest.  While the images portray a calm and colorful ideal model of prominence, there is an element of the grotesque underlying the suburban scenes that lend a sense of uneasiness amidst the pinks and the blues.

A fellow Canadian, Caroline Larsen now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and has received emerging artist grants from the Toronto as well as the Ontario Arts Council.  She has a degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and a graduate degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Caroline Larsen Purple Sky 2012 Oil on Canvas 43 x 43 inches

 Purple Sky, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 43 x 43 inches

Caroline Larsen Cactus House 2014 oil on Canvas 27 x 31 inches

Cactus House, 2014, oil on Canvas 27 x 31, inches

Caroline Larsen Walking on the Sun (Swiss Alps) 2012 Oil on Canvas 43 x 43 inches

Walking on the Sun (Swiss Alps), 2012, Oil on Canvas, 43 x 43 inches

Caroline Larsen Combed Still Life 2013 Oil on Canvas 31 x 21 inches

Combed Still Life, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 31 x 21 inches

Caroline Larsen Mountain Range 2013 Oil on Canvas 50 x 120

Mountain Range, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 120

Caroline Larsen Everest with Flags - DETAIL 2013

Everest with Flags – DETAIL 2013

Caroline Larsen Mount Everest with Black and White Boarder 2013 Oil on Canvas 40 x 80 inches

Mount Everest with Black and White Boarder, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 80 inches

Caroline Larsen Pink Still Life 2014 Oil on Canvas 27 x 31 inches

Pink Still Life, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 27 x 31 inches

Caroline Larsen Blue Sky 2012 Oil on Canvas 40 x 50 inches

Blue Sky, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 50 inches

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