Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Shamans, healers, brave warriors
and earth mothers: these are the focus and purpose of painting
for Mike Larsen. His painterly style is very expressive
and the attire of his subjects is always historically accurate.
Larsen's paintings achieve his intent of conveying emotion,
invoking feeling, and creating hope. Mike embarked on his
painting career at the age of 19 with landscapes, but the
creation of these distant views has long since given way
to the exploration of powerful figures with distinctive
and mythical messages for men and women of all races.
Larsen was born in Dallas,
Texas of a Chickasaw father and Anglo mother in 1944. He
grew up on the plains of Oklahoma and Texas, with his mother
and stepfather and began painting in earnest at Amarillo
Junior College. Thereafter, he continued his art education
at the University of Houston. In 1991 Larsen's mural "Flight
of Spirit", a tribute to five Native American ballet
dancers, was unveiled as a permanent fixture in the Oklahoma
State Capitol. CNN network featured Larsen, his mural and
the ballerinas honored in a report at the same time.
Surrounded always by his wife,
Martha, and their three children, Mike continues to create
paintings that mix mystery and reality in magnified bodies
that transfix viewers with passionate feelings. His paintings
radiate the essence of spirituality and creativity, always
reflecting his dedication to the subject as well as to the
method of the medium.