Joshua LaRock is internationally recognized as a preeminent figurative artist. LaRock's exquisite paintings are an ode to the past filtered through a contemporary life. Both his portraits and narrative pieces are memorable for their emotive quality and for evoking an eerily present feeling. Inspired by Bouguereau and other Old Masters, LaRock imbues his work with a shade of the timeless, drawing the viewer deeper into his personal interpretation of how the world ought to be.
Among LaRock’s most striking works are those of his wife, Laura. In 2012, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife was hailed as “deserving of special attention” during the historic American Chinese Oil Painting Artist League (ACOPAL) exhibition at the Beijing World Art Museum. Additionally, Laura in Black was part of the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (London) and is the subject of his premiere instructional video The Layers of Portrait Painting.
LaRock has participated in exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and China, is recognized as an Art Renewal Center Living Master, and is a sought after workshop instructor. The artist currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children. He is dedicated to painting that which invites humanity into the timeless story of beauty.
LaRock is represented by Collins Galleries (Orleans, MA), Stephen Ling (Beijing), Maxwell Alexander Gallery (Los Angeles), and Portraits, Inc. (Birmingham, AL; Flat Rock, NC; and New York City).