Exhibitions
dissolving narratives

LARRY CALKINS


OCT 5 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception:
Thursday, OCTOBER 5, 6 - 8pm

Larry Calkins is a mixed media painter and sculptor, whose preferred mediums are materials and objects that are somehow connected with the past: rusted metal, found cloth, or scraps of wood. His sophisticated encaustic works prove mastery over a difficult medium, revealing a distinct personal style that can only be developed through years of practice. Infused in his work is a fascination with history, his own ancestry, and a resourcefulness derived from his origins in rural Oregon.
Calkins was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and grew up in a remote logging community. For over twenty years he has shown his work at galleries throughout the United States, including Washington, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.

"The Big Elk river runs like a silver thread through my veins and Tiger Mountain chimes my heart.

My art speaks to these two worlds, my first home and my second. In all my work I turn personal history into fables where animals walk upright and speak in the voices of my friends and family. They relate their lives in small dramas – sometimes they make sense and sometimes they do not.

Ravens and rabbits, elephants and mice carry on complex relationships often reversing roles, sometimes friends, sometimes lovers, often enemies. Always in flux."

- Larry Calkins


otis has the zoomies
homemade pen and inks on gessoed cloth
55 by 48 inches
2017
$2,800

the rabbit that rolls over the hills
metal, wax, cloth, found object wheel
52 by 23 by 15 inches
2017
$2,000

fanfare hare
mixed media on paper
36 by 24 inches
2017
$1,800

houses of italy
cloth covered olive oil tins flattened and string
30 by 10 inches each
2017
$3,500

cinnabar salvation
encaustic
20 by 24 inches
2003
$2,100

yellow village
encaustic
24 by 24 inches
2009
$1,700

minnows in glittering water
homemade pen and inks on gessoed cloth
55 by 48 inches
2017
Sold

cyclone
welded metal from scrap pile, paint
37 by 11 by 8 inches
2017
$1,600

prehistoric horse
plaster, metal, cloth, wood, mixed media
12 by 14 by 6 inches
2007
$1,000

elegy for an empty valley #13
ink and collage on paper
16 by 20 inches
2017
$1,100

visitation box
encaustic, wood
10 by 10 by 1 inches
$1,800

roman horse
plaster, metal, cloth, wood, mixed media
30 by 32 by 10 inches
2007
$1,400

sun scribe
homemade calligraphy pen and ink on paper
24 by 18 inches
2017
Sold

strolling game
wood, wax, pigment
2 by 4 by 11 inches
2017
$3,000

german born
cloth, wax, paper, metal, paint
42 by 15 by 13 inches
2017
$2,300

daisy culture
wood, wax, pigment
14.5 by 10 by 3.2 inches
2017
$3,000

how to build a cowbird
encaustic
20 by 14 inches
2007
$2,000

meeting place
encaustic, wood
15 by 13 by 1.5 inches
2017
$2,000