Chuck Larivey

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Chuck Larivey has al­ways en­joyed painting, how­ever, it was a never a pri­or­ity in the way it is now. He is most com­fort­able ex­plor­ing koi and lilies and con­sid­ers them to be his fa­vorite sub­jects. “It al­lows me to use all the things I like about painting…de­sign free­dom,” he says. “I avoid com­mis­sions as a de­fault. My quirky thing is pre­fer­ring iconic sub­jects like Venice over the mun­dane.”

There are two ba­sic ap­proaches seen in Larivey’s style. “When I’m in the mood for de­tail, a more clas­si­cal ap­proach emerges,” he says, ex­plain­ing that the com­bi­na­tion of a sug­ges­tive stroke and more de­tailed moves pro­duces re­fined works such as On A Clear Day. “How­ever, most preva­lent is ab­stract re­al­ism with wet-in-wet lu­mi­nous light ef­fects. Venice, An­other Time and Un­der Crash­ing Waves are paint­ings ren­dered with ab­stract brush­work that is re­mark­ably re­al­is­tic at a dis­tance.”

In either tech­nique, Larivey’s real sub­jects are color, move­ment, lu­mi­nous light ef­fects, re­flec­tions and at­mo­spheric trans­parency. “The bin­der is cap­tur­ing the essence or an emo­tion suc­cess­fully,” he says.

“I think mak­ing art is the clos­est thing to im­mor­tal­ity any artist could hope for,” Larivey shares. “The real rea­son I paint!”

Larivey is rep­re­sented by Crossroads Art Cen­ter in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, where works such as Un­der Crash­ing Waves and On A Clear Day are avail­able. In Oc­to­ber, Larivey will have a solo show ti­tled With­out Hu­mans at Richard Stravitz Sculp­ture & Fine Art Gallery in Vir­ginia Beach, Vir­ginia.

Un­der Crash­ing Waves, oil on linen, 44 x 40"

Venice, An­other Time, oil on linen, 44 x 40"

With­out Hu­mans, oil on linen, 66 x 78"

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