Ian Larson



b. 1980 Oceanside, California

2005-07 MA Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
1999-04 BA Fine Art, University of Central Florida

Previous Exhibitions:
2007 ASDA, DA! Space, London
2005 48 Hours Inside the Great Western, London

Selectors' Comments:
I think this is about expression - both the futility of it and a basic belief in it. The work is exhaustive, like a visual tantrum, but what comes around is an odd kind of vulnerability, as though the works want to make friends with the audience they have just assaulted. There's a few works in this show that take the piss out of the old boys of art history, and Ian's behemoth of a painting is one of them.

Artist's Statement:
My work reverberates personal interests and creates narratives that exist as their own social context. Within these narrative environments exist characters that often confuse the idea of good and evil or completely disregard them. Created with varied complexity as well as an almost abandoned aesthetic through the application of paint, collaged images, the use of symbols and the abstraction of the figure itself.

Senor Wolverine has his way with Merry Mary Quite Contraversty in the Valley (detail), Oil and latex on canvas, 220 x 140cm, 2006

Previous artist in 2007

Penny Klepuszewska

Next artist in 2007

Francisco Lobo