Guest artist, Holiday Look Book Exhibition
December 15, 2014- January 3, 2015, Altamira Fine Art Jackson
"I truly believe there is an inner "pulse" that runs through everything, mostly unseen but more often felt. I can think of no greater artistic inspiration than identifying this current and holding it in my heart long enough to translate it to canvas. I search for that perfect moment where everything falls into place inspirationally and technically. From that point on, I paint voraciously as if time is running out on me. "
Over the last few years Larisa Aukon has quickly established herself as an accomplished painter and teacher in the United States. While countless artists paint with color, Larisa's extensive education and natural talents allow her to create masterfully mixed and layered palettes supported by a framework of balanced compositions. There is a true skill required to mix color that few artists fully possess-Larisa possesses this ability in abundance. She fills her canvases with bold strokes of richpigment that capture the ever-changing hues of natural light. The original tones seep through later paint additions, creating depth and brilliance that have become hallmarks of her work.
From a very young age, Larisa received intensive art training in her native Latvia. She was accepted to the prestigious Janis Rosenthal's Secondary Art School in Riga. It was and still is a very well-known school for especially talented children. One had to pass a series of extensive academic and art exams in order to be accepted. Along with only 9 other students selected for this exclusive program, Larisa, in addition to a full academic course load, had up to 20 art-related lessons per week from the time she was 12 until she turned 18. After high school, she was accepted into the Latvian State Academy of Fine Arts in Riga from which she graduated with a master's degree. Today, Larisa calls Arizona her home where she spends her time painting and teaching.
She was featured in the Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine and in a recently published book Contemporary Art of The Southwest. Her works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the US, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Latvia and Russia.
Larisa Aukon has three paintings in the Holiday Look Book exhibition, December 15, 2014-January 3, 2015 at Altamira Fine Art in Jackson.