Introducing Larry’s Work at the 2014 LA Art Show

Posted February 3, 2014

Now in its 18th year, the LA Art Show is known for exhibiting exciting work from around the globe and from one end of the art spectrum to another.

The 2014 show (January 15th-19th) didn’t disappoint, offering a broad spectrum, indeed: Contemporary bronzes by China’s Wang Dong Lai; master works by Marc Chagall; rarely-seen photography by Andy Warhol; progressive/contemporary art from Korea; and the paintings of a virtually unknown self-taught visionary artist from Seattle, Washington — Larry John Palsson (1948-2010).

A visitor studies the work of .Larry John Palsson

A visitor studies the work of .Larry John Palsson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the year that I’ve represented Larry’s work, I’ve installed gallery-style exhibitions in conjunction with the Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art and the Objects of Art Santa Fe Show. But as a first-time exhibitor at the LA Art Show — and the only gallery to represent the work of an outsider artist — I was able to introduce Larry’s work to its widest audience yet. And I couldn’t be more pleased with the response.

Visitors discussing the paintings of Larry Palsson

Visitors discussing the paintings of Larry Palsson

Visitors were astonished by the artist’s sense of color and brushwork so precise that the paintings were sometimes mistaken for cut paper collage. One of the most consistent reactions was sheer amazement at the level of sophistication from an artist who was completely self-taught.

Sharing Larry's story as well as his art.

Sharing Larry’s story as well as his art.

 Along with the paintings, we included Larry’s personal story, complete with snapshots of the artist as well as some of his quirky and even profound writings from the only notebook to survive him. The passage below appears just as Larry wrote it:

The public won’t bother to
come to art museums and galleries
by the thousands like sports games
Not enough excitement. Not
enough interest

But every year the 2013 LA Art Show some 50,000 people, enough to fill a stadium. And I can assure Larry that in booth 1302 there was plenty of excitement, plenty of interest in his personal story his visionary art.

Self-taught and virtually unknown, Larry John Palsson was a topic of serious interest.

Self-taught and virtually unknown, Larry John Palsson was a topic of serious interest.

 

For more about Larry John Palsson click here

To see paintings now offered for sale, click here.

 

 

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