KEVIN LARMEE (Listed New York artist, born 1946). Man on a Roof w figure, New York City, 1984, 38" x 30" oil on canvas, signed lower left and titled/dated/inscribed on the back. Unframed. Condition: Excellent.
Excerpts from Wikipedia: Larmee became part of a movement of established gallery artists creating street art. He was represented by the Avenue B Gallery on the Lower East Side for several years in the 1980s. The gallery closed near the end of the decade. Larmee had prints in the Brooklyn Museum's 24th National Print Exhibition, Public and Private: American Prints Today, that traveled to various museums around the country in 1986. His 1985 lithograph Cigarette is part of the Brooklyn Museum's permanent collection, and he also has pieces in the permanent collections of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Toledo Museum of Art, among others.
In 1989, Larmee and his family moved to Chicago, where he continues to paint.
Style: Larmee's paintings of the 1980s were often set in nighttime urban environments, placing one or two solitary individuals on deserted streets or subway platforms, or in front of glowing bodies of water, juxtaposing the minimal figures with sharp colors and layers of patterns. His technique has been described as "loosely brushed and coarsely textured." The New York Times wrote in 1986 that his paintings of moments on a subway platform "vibrate with the concentrated energy of moving trains." Indicative of his street pieces is Blonde with Cigarette, which shows a man standing, holding a cigarette, his empty eyes staring at the ground, with the New York skyline behind him. Influenced by impressionism, his canvases were often heavily painted and textured, with flattened-out figures, and a controlled composition.
Exhibitions (selected) •White Columns, New York, NY, 1983 •Solo exhibition, Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY, 1984 •Micro Show, Now Gallery, New York, NY, 1984 •ABC No Rio, New York, NY, 1984 •Fashion Moda, New York, NY, 1984 •Sex, Sharpe Gallery, New York, NY, 1984 •New York, New Art, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1985 •Solo exhibition, Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY, 1985 •Contemporary Visions '85, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1985 •East Village, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, 1986 •Solo exhibition, Avenue B Gallery, New York, NY, 1986 •New York: East Village Exhibit, Lancaster, OH, 1986 •Solo exhibition, Giannetta Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1986 •Eight Urban Painters, Fine Arts Center Gallery of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1986 •Public and Private: American Prints Today, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; 1986–87 •Solo exhibition, Signet Arts, St. Louis, MO, 1987 •Solo exhibition, Natalie Bush Gallery, San Diego, CA, 1987 •The Eccentric Landscape, Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1990 •Solo exhibition, Eastwick Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1997 •The Art of Democracy, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL, 2008
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