B. 1982 in Austin, TX

Joshua LaRock is internationally recognized as a preeminent figurative artists. He was an apprentice to Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City where he later formed an essential part of their teaching program, dedicating seven years as a core instructor. LaRock's exquisite paintings are an ode to the past while being filtered through a contemporary life - his point of reference. This makes his emotive portraits memorable and potent and gives his narrative pieces an eerily present feeling. Even when referencing Bouguereau or one of the great compositions of the past, LaRock imbues a shade of the timeless, drawing the viewer deeper into his personal interpretation of how the world ought to be.

In 2012 LaRock’s portrait submission of his wife, Laura, was hailed as ‘deserving special attention’ during the historic America China Oil Painting Artists 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.  In 2016, another striking painting of the artist’s wife, “Laura in Black” was exhibited as part of the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

LaRock is represented by Collins Galleries, Cape Cod; Portraits, Inc.; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, LA; Stephen Ling, Beijing. He has participated in exhibitions throughout the US, Europe and China, is recognized as an Art Renewal Center Living Master, and is a much sought out workshop instructor.  Joshua currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children and is an artist at East Oaks Studio (, a new and innovative artistic enterprise and video production company established alongside fellow artists Louis Carr and Michael Klein.  He and the artists of East Oaks Studio are dedicated to pursuing great art and great artists.  




Collins Galleries - Cape Cod

Portraits, Inc. - US

Maxwell Alexander Gallery - Los Angeles

Stephen Ling - Beijing 




Art Renewal Center International Salon, Salmagundi Club, New York; European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona

LA Art Show, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles


American Masters, Salmagundi Club, NY NY

BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London; Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Permanent Collection, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT

In Full Bloom, Portraits, Inc. NY NY


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


LA Art Show, SR Brennen Galleries, Los Angeles CA

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



2016 BP Portrait Award, Laura In Black, National Portrait Gallery, London UK

2016 Purchase Award, Laura In Black, Art Renewal Center International Salon

2016 Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition

2015 Named a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center

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 - 2016



Artists To Watch Southwest Art Magazine February 2017

Lessons In Layering The Artist’s Magazine Januart/February 2017

Shaping Our Desires Fine Art Today April 2016

Kate Spade Seeing Realist Art In A New Light October 2015

In the Studio with Allison: Michael Klein and Joshua LaRock September 2015

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



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, ColoradoBachelor of Science in Music, Summa Cum Laude Major: Music Industry Studies with a focus in Music Business.