Joshua LaRock

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Joshua LaRock

ARC Living Master TM

American 21st Century Realist

Born 1982

Born in Austin, Texas

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Born in 1982 in Austin, TX; currently lives in New York, NY.

Joshua LaRock is quickly becoming a sought after and much admired Classical Realist. After receiving a baccalaureate degree in Music Business at The University of Colorado, Denver in 2005, LaRock found himself compelled to explore a completely different vocation as an artist in the realm of classical painting. It was a resolute and challenging decision that led him to the Water Street Atelier, where he received tutelage from Jacob Collins. Being in New York, studying with Collins, and acquiring masterful draughtsmanship at an astonishing rate are proving to be fruitful for LaRock, and his work feels more of a midcareer artist than an emerging painter.

LaRock's works are almost an ode to the past while being filtered through his life, his point of reference. This makes his emotive portraits memorable and potent and gives his narrative pieces an eerily contemporary attitude. Even when referencing Bouguereau or using a pastoral theme, LaRock imbues a shade of the contemporaneous, drawing the viewer deeper into his world. His still life paintings almost pop off the canvas and give new reverie to the ordinary. Each work is tightly rendered and thoughtfully composed; this is in stark contrast to LaRock's en plein air landscapes, which are soft touches of color carefully recording a specific moment or truth in nature.

In 2012 LaRock's portrait submission of his wife, Laura was hailed as 'deserving special attention' during the historic America China Oil Painting Artist League (ACOPAL) exhibit at the Beijing World Art Museum. Reproductions of "Laura" quickly became the best selling souvenir throughout the extent of the Chinese tour. Since his Chinese debut LaRock has been commissioned to paint portraits of many distinguished Chinese personalities including Mrs. Wang Limei, Director of the Beijing World Art Museum, Mr. Brian Lu, Vice President and General Manager of Apple Inc. in greater China, Actress Zhou Zhi and the popular Chinese singer, Yi Liyuan.

Joshua LaRock is represented by galleries in Cape Cod -, Santa Fe, and Palm Desert, has participated in exhibitions throughout the US and has received a number of awards from the Art Renewal Center. He is also a core teacher of The Grand Central Atelier.

- Alison Collins, Collins Galleries



2006-09 - Intensive classical drawing and painting study under Jacob Collins. Water Street Atelier, New York, New York
2007 Instruction in landscape painting and drawing in the tradition of the original Hudson River School. Hudson River School for Landscape, New York
2005 University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado Bachelor of Science in Music, Summa Cum Laude Major: Music Industry Studies with a focus in Music Business.


Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA
Paintings Acquired by the CS Lewis Institute, Salmagundi Club, NY NY
Nude: A Figure Drawing Exhibition, Eleventh Street Arts, NY NY

Showroom Exhibition, LaRock / Klein Studios, NY NY
Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA

ACOPAL: Contemporary American Realism Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Figure, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA
Grand Opening McColl Fine Arts, Charlotte NC
ACOPAL: Contemporary American Realism Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH

Expressing the Figure: Drawings from Life St. John's University, Queens NY
ACOPAL: Inaugural Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism National Arts Club, NY NY

Young Masters Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich CT
Reviving Realism Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich CT


Jacob Collins and the Water Street Atelier Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta GA
The Water Street Atelier Meredith Long & Company, Houston TX


2013 First Place $10,000 Prize, Grand Central Academy Figure Drawing Competition
2012 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon, Figurative Category
2011 Grand Prize Winner ACOPAL Open Competition: for membership and inclusion in the National Arts Club and Chinese Exhibitions
2011 Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition
2008 First Place, Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition
2007 First Place, Art Renewal Center International Salon, Drawing Category
2007 Second Place, Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition


Core Instructor - The Grand Central Atelier 2009-Present


Seeing Realist Art In A New Light Kate Spade October 2015
In the Studio with Allison: Michael Klein and Joshua LaRock
Two Artists Invited to a Chateau on the Riviera Plein Air Magazine December-January 2015
Gallery Chronicles by James Panero The New Criterion, January 2015
The Real Deal China Daily September 2012
Artists Making Their Mark: Three To Watch Fine Art Connoisseur October 2011
Gallery Chronicles by James Panero The New Criterion, June 2011
Young Masters American Art Collector September 2010
Reviving Realism American Art Collector February 2010
The Grand Central Academy of Art: A Collective Vision for a Classical Revival
American Artist, Drawing Spring 2009
Jacob Collins and the Water Street Atelier American Art Collector October 2008
The Hudson River School for Landscape: Reviving an American Tradition American Artist, Workshop Winter 2007