“Art can stimulate an appreciation for what we sometimes take for granted and serves as a catalyst to preserve it”.
Kirk Larsen is a warm hearted, compassionate artist, actor, writer, gourmet cook, sailor, and teacher. Known for his plein air (outdoor paintings) and Maritime works, Kirk travels the globe painting the people and the landscape from life without the use of photography. He regards his greatest artistic accomplishment bringing joy to others. The camaraderie, competition and creativity inspire him to continually expand as an artist.
Kirk, a former Professor at Parsons School of Design, is an Internationally famous & collected artist with work in museums and private collections across the USA and in England, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Estonia, China and Curacao. He is recognized with over 180 awards including Museum purchases and best in shows. He’s a member of the Salmagundi club, The American Impressionists Society (AIS), The American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, NYPAP: New York State Plein Air Painters and a signature member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and has been included in 3 OPA Nationals, 4 Easterns, 3 Salon shows & won Awards at 4 OPA paint-outs.
This exhibition is an amazing and wonderful display of seascapes and landscapes and a collection of plein air paintings from across the country and continent, complimented by watercolors, portraits, sculpture and abstract works painted to music.
He is a four time recipient of citations from the US Coast Guard for Art as a public service. For almost 20 years, he has been painting with the non-profit group, Splashes of Hope, painting murals and scenic ceiling tiles for hospitals, VA Veterans Centers, shelters, and children's treatment centers.
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