Mark Larson, “Monarch,” oil, enamel, and gold leaf on panel, 64 x 48 inches

Well-known Tacoma, Washington, painter Mark Larson is currently showcasing a fantastic lineup of new works that explore man, nature, and their intersection in the modern world.

On view through November 10, “New Totems” is an engaging display of contemporary realism by artist Mark Larson. Hosted at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington, these new works cover all three floors of this beautiful venue and kick off the center’s fall performance season.

Mark Larson, “Bloom,” oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches
Mark Larson, “Good Hare Day,” oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches
Mark Larson, “Vista,” oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
Mark Larson, “Thaw,” oil, enamel, and metal leaf on panel, 40 x 60 inches

“Larson’s paintings are a thought-provoking exploration into the often strained dialectic between humanity and nature in our modern world,” writes the center. “In this time of tremendous cultural and environmental change, ‘New Totems’ aims to show us how we intersect with and have an impact on nature. Mark has been working on this body of work since 2015, and this will be the first time that many of these works have been shown in public. With paintings ranging from small studies to very large canvases as large as eight feet across, this is a show you won’t want to miss.’

To learn more, visit the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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