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Website : http://www.valerilarko.com
Medium : Oil Painting
My artwork reflects my ongoing fascination with the landscape where urban culture and nature collide, most often to be found in the fringes of our cities. It is in these often-overlooked areas that I find both beauty & pathos, bizarre juxtapositions that reflect how we, as a society, have altered and continue to alter the environment.
All of my paintings are painted on location. The urban/industrial areas that I paint are in flux. While painting on location, I become a witness to this constantly changing landscape, capturing what often amount to contemporary ruins, before they are lost and new structures built over them. Many of the scenes I’ve painted in the past are now totally different. I am attracted to the urban decay, color and chaos of everyday life on the edge of our cities and the stories these places can tell.
Exhibitions include: The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, The Jersey City Museum, The Morris Museum, The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Aljira, Newark NJ, Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, Bronx River Art Center, NY, The College of New Rochelle, NY.
Awards include a George Sugarman Foundation Grant, a Strategic Opportunity Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the Newark Museum, NJ, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant and a major mural commission for the Secaucus Transfer Station from NJ Transit and the NJSCA.
“Zerega Ave, Bronx, NY” oil on linen, 42" x 35", 2008
Upcoming 2009: solo exhibition at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, New Jersey.