Larsen’s landscapes and imagery evoke a celebratory tropical frenzy. Her recollections of her upbringing in Florida and time spent in Panama, in addition to her love of textiles has influenced her aesthetic. Larsen’s paintings at first glance resemble woven fabrics but upon closer examination reveal themselves as elaborate oil paintings. Her work plays heavily with pattern, decoration and the ornamental with an attentiveness to color and it’s role of imparting feeling.
Canadian artist Caroline Larsen received an MFA from the Pratt Institute, and a BFA from the University of Waterloo. She has exhibited nationally and internationally with exhibitions in New York, California, Tel Aviv, Miami, Berlin and across Canada. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections such as TD Canada Trust and the Collart Collection. Larsen is an RBC Painting Competition finalist, 2015. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Whitewall Magazine, Canadian Art, Daily Metal, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Now Magazine, among other publications. Larsen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Burning Up series: Larsen’s burning cars series of paintings express the desire to be mischievous. Larsen is Interested in how the viewer interacts with the narrative of these paintings; does the viewer see themselves as the arsonist, or the bystander who cannot help but marvel at the spectacle of a blazing vehicle.
Mountain series: This body of work explores light and shadow incorporating luminous colour gradations. The snowy mountain landscape were inspired by the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The jagged peaks of the terrain cast shadows upon the topography creating shapes that dart the imagery between representational and abstract when rendered in my woven technique.
Curb side series: Larsen explores suburban warm-weather homes in this series. Locations vary from California, the Southwest and Florida. She uses a slightly off-kilter perspective in these works to push and pull the viewer’s eyes around the canvas, enveloping them in a world that is specific but also surreal. They are specific because the houses that have been painted exist. Using images sourced from landscaping blogs and real estate listings, these canvases depict the commercial ideal associated with personal success in America.