Artists

Kirk Larson

By November 27, 2019 No Comments

Two words best describe the art of Kirk Larson – COLOR
and FORM. Kirk’s work is a study of colour, contrasts
and shapes, and the connection between them. Often
experimenting with contrasting forms and vibrant
colours, Kirk’s work is a feast for the eyes. “I need a
‘pop’ in my work, either through shape or colour –
something to capture attention.”

Having put the brushes and canvases away a number
of years ago to pursue a professional career, and to
raise three children, Kirk recently picked up the brushes
and dusted off the canvasses, to embark on a journey of
experimentation with form, subject matter, and colour.
“I transitioned into the ‘empty nester’ phase of my life,
once my three children were away at university. It was
time to do something just for me, as well as escape the
stress of a busy all-consuming career. It has been a
couple years of experimentation and growth, perfecting
my style, and discovering what I am best at.

Kirk was raised in a mid-century modern environment.
His father, an architect heavily influenced by the work
of Frank Lloyd Wright; his mother, a hobby interior
designer, influenced by the the likes of Eames and
Jacobsen. These early influences are noted in his work.
“I grew up with green shag carpeting, teak wood
furniture, and an odd ‘egg shaped’ chair in the living
room. At the time, I didn’t appreciate the design beauty that surrounded me. With the resurgence of mid-
century and Scandinavian design, I have discovered my love for the colours, form and abstract nature of that
era.

Kirk’s art presents us with a culmination of influences –
The “pop” of hot pink juxtaposed with a subtle pallet,
the lime green found commonly in his “whimsical
houses” pieces, and the deep orange so popular in
1960’s mid-century modern décor. Kirk has created an
array of pieces with vibrant colours, interesting forms,
and intriguing diversity. “I start with subject matter and
shape, then I move to colour, and finally I end with
technique. It is not unusual that my sleep is restless,
ideas forming in my head, and prompting me to start a
project in the middle of the night.”