Laura in Black by Joshua LaRock

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Joshua LaRock

Laura in Black


50.8 x 40.64 x [*] cm | 20 x 16 in

Oil on linen

  • ARC Purchase Awards ($20,000)

Exhibited at the MEAM

Exhibited at Salmagundi

This work is in the Collection of the Art Renewal Center.

"This work represents the third time my wife has agreed to sit for me. Each time she does, a sort of ineffable alchemy occurs, embodying something of my love for her, and resulting in a special work which is more than the sum of drawing, oil and pigments. I was searching to find an aesthetic which balances my desires to stay true to classical ideals, influences and techniques, while speaking in a modern idiom, striking a resonant tone with contemporary hearts. To that end, I sought a gesture and expression, along with a subdued color palette, that is wistful, evoking a vague but deep longing. Her gaze is warm, sensitive and direct, but also a bit distant, searching for something unknown, and the unfinished, frenetic brushstrokes around the perimeter leave an unresolved tension. This, I believe, is a distinctly modern attitude. The drawing and painting process was done entirely from life and under a north facing skylight in Manhattan. It was filmed from start to finish as the subject of an instructional video produced by a new company two colleagues (Michael Klein and Louis Carr) and I are developing, named artDisciple. The film will be released soon." - Joshua LaRock