Talked about as one of the most thoughtful, entertaining, popular, and important 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.
From his marketing- and social-media-based reflections, to his abstract digital prints, his ‘word-work’ meditations, his Dada-esque conceptual sculptures and performances, and his abstract-expressionist paintings in the traditions of Japan’s Gutai Group and Jackson Pollock, Larsen’s range and series of work demonstrate the notion of art-as-social-commentary in multiple forms to comment 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 a predominantly African-American school in Andy Warhol’s Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, then taught in the Boston-area public school system, prior to undergraduate study at New York City’s Columbia University, undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and Oxford universities, and finally, 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, bringing 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 reflections on contemporary art.
In September of 2015, Jan debuted his solo career with an exhibition called market makers (see the Work gallery above) and now shows his work world-wide, 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 4 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.and lent it internationally in partnership with the US State Department.