BIOGRAPHY

 

B. 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 mid-career 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 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. This past June, another striking painting of the artist’s wife, “Laura in Black” was exhibited as part of the 2016 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, has received a number of awards from the Art Renewal Center, and is a much sought out workshop instructor.

-Alison Collins, Collins Galleries

 

REPRESENTATION:

Collins Galleries - Cape Cod

Portraits, Inc. - US

Maxwell Alexander Gallery - Los Angeles

Stephen Ling - Beijing 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2017

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

LA Art Show, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles

2016

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

2015

Paintings Acquired by the CS Lewis Institute, Salmagundi Club, NY NY

Nude: A Figure Drawing Exhibition, Eleventh Street Arts, NY NY

2014

Showroom Exhibition, LaRock / Klein Studios, NY NY

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA

2013

LA Art Show, SR Brennen Galleries, Los Angeles CA

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA

2012

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

2011

Expressing the Figure: Drawings from Life St. John’s University, Queens NY

ACOPAL: Inaugural Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism National Arts Club, NY NY

2010

Young Masters Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich CT

Reviving Realism Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich CT

2008

Jacob Collins and the Water Street Atelier Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta GA

The Water Street Atelier Meredith Long & Company, Houston TX

 

AWARDS:

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

 

TEACHING:

Workshops

Core Instructor The Grand Central Atelier 2009 - 2016

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

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

 

EDUCATION:

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.