Larry Poons

Biography

Larry Poons is an American artist famed for his Lyrical Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism. Born in Tokyo and raised in the United States, Poons originally attended the New England Consevatory of Music for becoming a professional musician. Though he withdrew from music study and quickly shifted his ca- reer path to painting, the rhythm and musical elements has been greatly reflected on Poons’ early works, Op Art paintings with monochrome canvases, circles and dots. By 1970s, Poons was throwing paint

from cans and buckets. The paint ran down the surface of the canvas and colors intertwined in layers, its energetic and improvisational patterns notably diversified his expressive use of colors and introduced an even greater presence of the artist’s work.
Poons’ artworks are included in the collections of many prestigious institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Tate Gallery in London.

In 2018, Larry Poons was featured in “The Price of Everything”, a documentary about contemporary art world produced by HBO.

The monumental paintings, Shores of Orion and Leaving Chords, draw in the viewer from afar with their impressive scale and hypnotically muted color palettes. Approaching Poons‘ paintings for a closer look, however, one can see the way in which each of his vivid brushstrokes works together with the rest to create an almost musical visual experience, typical of Poons‘ work.