Talked about as one of the next important American voices in contemporary work, Danish-American Neo-Pop artist Jan Larsen makes work in multiple media that reflect on the tenor of our contemporary moment, including reproductions and editorials on American popular culture, abstract prints reminiscent of Color Field paintings, interactive conceptual sculptures, and abstract-expressionist paintings in the traditions of Japan’s Gutai Group and America’s Jackson Pollock.
From his marketing-media-based reflections and abstract expressions, to his Dada-esque conceptual sculptures and performances, Jan’s work comments precisely, presciently, and powerfully on the times we live in.
Born in the ‘Summer of Love’ in the American Midwest and raised on its East Coast, Jan was educated in the US public school system, his first school memories of being bussed to an inner-city school in Andy Warhol’s Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, then in the Boston-area public school system prior to studying at New York City’s Columbia University, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and Oxford universities respectively, and studying studio arts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Returning to New York in 1997 to complete what he calls “a 15-year inquiry into the character, history, and living, breathing, Beuys-style experiential-sculpture professional practice of fine art,” Jan built a global fine art practice called Jan Larsen Art from 2000 to 2015, and brought it to trade globally.
During that period, Jan represented scores of artists, produced hundreds of exhibitions, and built and operated 4 brick-and-mortar galleries, all while developing his own production practice and his own reflections on art.
In September of 2015, Jan debuted his solo career with a show called Market Makers with HG Contemporary in New York, and now shows his work with leading visionary gallery practices world-wide, working out of production facilities, gallery settings, hospitality spaces, and private settings in New York, London, and Singapore.
During the 15 years of his representative practice, and the 3 years of his solo career since, Jan has bought, sold, and produced millions of dollars’ worth of modern and contemporary work on primary and secondary markets, auctioned work for charity, and lent it internationally in partnership with the US State Department.