An avid painter of people, portraits, still life and animals, Kirk is most passionate about plein air landscapes and maritime subjects. He brings his lifetime of experience outdoors in nature and on the water, to his art. Kirk grew up around the Atlantic coast, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing. He is an avid sailor and competitive racer of classic and modern boats. He loves painting with an uncanny ability to bring you to the moment and place in his art.
Intriguing and talented, Kirk is a national known juried and award winning plein air painter in Easels in Frederick, Olmstead (Atlanta) 2015 invitational, Plein Air Easton 2011-2015, Paint the town-Cranford, Plein Air Vermont, New Hope/Bucks County Invitational, Callaway Gardens Plein Air, and Wayne Plein Air. This year he was juried into the Oil painters of America National show 2015; Easels in Frederick; Wayne Plein Air; Finger lakes Plein Ai; Plein Air Easton; Bennington Center for the Arts(VT) small works & Art of the Animal Kingdom shows; Crystal Moll Gallery “Size Matters Show”; American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) national exhibition, (for two years, the show toured eight museums around the USA) and the ASMA Peninsula Gallery Show. He will be conducting a plein air workshop and be a judge at the Adirondack Plein Air festival.
Kirk has been honored with over 128 awards since 1994 for oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography, graphite, pen & Ink, mixed media, sculpture and ice carving. His awards include multiple Best in Shows, 1st places and Awards of Excellence. Some recent awards of distinction include: Raymar Art Contest Finalist for “Grappler’s of reliable recycling” and the Museum Purchase Award at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, for their permanent collection. He was featured in the 15th national exhibition “Contemporary American Marine Art” curated by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and the 16th National Exhibition and Easels in Frederick Plein Air Competition-2012 (EIF) Grand Prize & Collector’s Choice.
He is a Member of OPA , ASMA, AIS, MAPAPA: Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, NYPAP: New York State Plein Air Painters. Salmagundi Club NYC. Kirk is also a Professor at Parsons New School University, a film and television actor SAG-AFTRA, mentor, motivational speaker, an award winning writer recently nominated for Nassau County Poet Laureate, and he is a gourmet cook.
“When painting, I have the feeling that all is right with the world. Those that have my art on the walls, say it has the same effect…” – Kirk Larsen