Talked about as one of the most interesting, thoughtful, entertaining, and important new 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 popular-culture-based reflections to his abstract digital prints, his ‘word-work’ meditations, his Dada-esque conceptual sculptures and performances, to his abstract-expressionist paintings in the traditions of Jackson Pollock and Japan’s Gutai Group, Larsen’s powerful range demonstrates a mastery of art-as-social-commentary in a wide array of contexts and formats, commenting precisely, presciently, and powerfully on the times we live in.
Born in the ‘Summer of Love’ of 1967 in the American Midwest and raised on its East Coast, Jan was educated in the US public school system, beginning in a predominantly African-American school in Andy Warhol’s Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, then in the Boston-area public school system prior to earning degrees from Harvard University, Oxford University, and studying studio arts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Moving 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, 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.