Jeffrey T. Larson was born in 1962 in Two Harbors, Minnesota and grew up in the Twin Cities. At the age of seventeen he began his classical studies with traditional atelier training under Richard Lack at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, MN. Following his four- year training at Atelier Lack (1980-1984), Larson studied the work of the masters in the United States and abroad. These exercises included sculpting, which granted Larson a superior understanding of volume and form that is evident in his paintings today. Larson also served as the assistant Director and Head Instructor at Atelier LeSeur in Minnesota (1984-1986).
A Trademark of Larson’s work is his ability to elevate his subject matter. In contrast to his outdoor painting where his focus is on the impression of sunlight, his studio paintings focus on a more contemplative, atmospheric light created by subtle changes in value and delicate brushwork. Whether outdoors or in the studio, Larson takes something which the eye would otherwise categorize as unremarkable, and presents it with such authority that we re-evaluate its artistic integrity, and ultimately find beauty and relevance in the thing itself.
Larson has been a featured artist in American Artist magazine, Classical Realism Journal, Fine art Connoisseur, and American Art Collector. Jeffrey T. Larson was the 2008 winner of the 25th Annual National Still Life Competition from The Artist’s Magazine. Larson won first and third place in the still life competition at the 5th International 2008/2009 ARC Salon Competition. Most recently, he was awarded First in Landscape at the 25th annual, Artists Magazine Landscape Show.
Larson currently teaches at The Atelier in Minneapolis MN and gives seminars on traditional oil painting techniques throughout the United States. His work is included in many important private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Awards and Articles
2009 Annual National Landscape Competition – The Artist’s Magazine - 1st Place “Blue Marsh”
2009 November Minneapolis StarTribune review of Exhibition at Galleria
2008-2009 Art Renewal Centers - International Salon - 1st Place - Still Life - “Reflections”
2008-2009 Art Renewal Centers - International Salon - 3rd Place - Still Life - “Electrolux”
2008 25th Annual National Still Life Competition - The Artist’s Magazine - 1st Place “Electrolux”
2008 The Artist’s Magazine - Finalist for “Reflections”
2008 The Artist’s Magazine - Finalist for “Three Rutabagas”
2008 The Artist’s Magazine - Finalist for “Jars of Pasta”
2008 American Art Collector - Featured Artist - Solo Shows
2008 Fine Art Connoisseur - Today’s Masters
2008 The Individualist - The Artists
2007 Best Miniature - Susan K. Black Foundation - Art of Flowers Award
2004 American Artist Magazine - Feb. Cover Artist
2001 Focus on Excellence - Classical Realism Journal, vol. VI Issue 2
2000 PBS - Venture North Show
2000 National Diabetes Association - Featured Artist
1998 The Artist’s Magazine - Still Life Finalist
1998 US Art Magazine - “Artists to Watch”
1996 The Artist’s Magazine - Still Life Finalist
1993 The Artist’s Magazine - Featured Article & Still Life Finalist
1991 The Artist’s Magazine - Portrait Finalist
1990 National Museum of Sport, Indiana - Bronze Rower (permanent collection)
1989 US Art Magazine – December Showcase.