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"