Artist Biography of Larry Rich
Larry Rich studied graphic design and life drawing at the WAG and the Winnipeg Sketch Club. He learned traditional methods on commercial job sites alongside craftspeople skilled in old world techniques. He produced mural art, learned the art of restoration and worked on large commercial projects employing crews of artists.
These invaluable opportunities and street skills were used to develop a unique style of art. As a full time artist for over 20 years, he has produced thousands of pieces for a wide client base across North America. In the last 10 Larry has focused on building presence in local and national galleries. He’s been invited to participate in international group shows and he is Golden Paint representative and educator in Manitoba.
His experiences have earned him the respect of local artists to have him work as an art juror. He has has donated pieces to Canadian Cancer Society, Winnipeg Humane Society, and arts and cultural groups.
Larry plays bass part time with his approach to music following the same lines as his art: expressive, creative and personal with an emphasis on space, energy, and vitality. Larry has one dominant painting style and he enjoys painting different themes. He describes his style as loose, textured contemporary.
Larry’s prairie abstracts have a strong connection to the prairies with the look and feel of a safe and quiet place to go. The city he loves in its different flavours have had a major influence on his work. Having lived in a rural community he is influenced by the animals, structures and lake-prairie environment.
Through trying to retain the vitality of brushwork, textural elements palette knife etc, an inner glow, and a feeling of intimacy through close-cropped composition, he enjoys treescapes as much as abstracts. Watching these themes merge through stylistic and technical approaches, they come together in ways that would never happen if I limited my range of themes.
His work is influenced interests in cycling, yoga, eastern arts, philosophy, and jazz. My mission is still to capture the resonance and the energy within. He reworks, recycles or removes pieces that are no longer reflective of where he is at. He does not consider pieces finished until they leave the studio.