Mernet Larsen

Mernet Larsen (born 1940 in Houghton, Michigan) is an artist and Professor Emeritus[1] at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She has been active as an artist since the late 1970s. She is a painter of figurative narratives in highly abstracted style.[2][3] Larsen lives and works in Jackson Heights, New York and Tampa.[4]

Mernet Larsen
Alma materUniversity of Florida
Indiana University
Known forPainting
MovementContemporary Art
Figurative Painting
Mixed Media
Spouse(s)Roger Clay Palmer


Mernet Larsen received a BFA from the University of Florida in 1962 and an MFA from Indiana University in 1965. She then taught painting and drawing at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida from 1967 to 2003. She has exhibited her work extensively since the late 1970s. In 2012, she was the subject of a solo exhibition, titled "Three Chapters", her first solo exhibition in a commercial New York Gallery, at Vogt Gallery, New York.[5][6] She has had solo exhibitions at Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida (2010), Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015),[7][8] and James Cohan Gallery, New York (2016), among others. Larsen's work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art [9]


Larsen tries to evoke a sense of permanence, solidarity, and weight in her work, creating the essence of stopped time. She creates an artificial world in her paintings, with characters made of geometric solids.[10]

Her 1985-1999 paintings are inspired by Japanese art, with simple and aged-looking shapes.[11] Paintings from 2000 to the present have more modern appearances, featuring futuristic people and land and cityscapes.[12] From 2005 to the present, she has worked on a series of "head" paintings, with geometric face images, made from acrylic on paper.[13]


  1. ^ "College of The Arts Emeritus Professor List of Awardees". College of The Arts - University of South Florida. University of South Florida. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  2. ^ John Yau (2013). Mernet Larsen. Damiani. ISBN 978-88-6208-306-5.
  3. ^ Berardini, Andrew (2015). "Illusion and Revelation in the Flat Lands: The Paintings of Mernet Larsen". Mousse. 50 (October): 134–142. OCLC 756252482.
  4. ^ "Mernet Larsen". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. ^ Smith, Roberta (4 October 2012). "Mernet Larsen: Three Chapters". New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ Yau, John (14 October 2012). "Prolegomenon to an Artist Who — at Seventy-Two — Is Having Her First Solo Show in a New York Gallery". Hyperallergic. Hyperallergic Media, Inc. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ Frank, Priscilla (2015-03-02). "Meet Mernet Larsen, A 75-Year-Old Painter Who's Hosting Her First Art Show In L.A." Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  8. ^ Mizota, Sharon (1 April 2015). "Mernet Larsen probes perception and experience". LA Times.
  9. ^ Ghorashi, Hannah (11 November 2015). "James Cohan Gallery Now Represents Mernet Larsen". ARTnews. ARTnews Ltd. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Mernet Larsen". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  11. ^ "Mernet Larsen". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  12. ^ "Mernet Larsen". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  13. ^ "Mernet Larsen". Retrieved 2016-03-05.

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