In all his portraits Urban Larsson (1966, Stockholm) emphasizes the importance of painting to model. He thereby combines a strong naturalism with animation. By evoking a mood or emphasizing the character of the portrait subject, his paintings transcend the outer world. His landscapes, painted outdoors, and his still lifes are also characterized by a harmonious, balanced composition and a subtle play of light and shade.
It is not only the work process but also the use of materials that links Urban Larsson with the artistic traditions of the past. He studied the sources in Florence, where he was taught at Studio Cecil & Graves. This was the only place in Europe that taught according to the teaching methods of masters from centuries past.
Urban Larsson. Painting from Life depicts Larsson’s landscapes, still lifes and portraits, including the Swedish queen Silvia, king Willem Alexander and queen Maxima and Dutch celebrities such as the former Prime Minister Wim Kok and former House Chairman Gerdi Verbeet.