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Slide Pastels & Smears – David Larson bonus page

The piece above was used in David’s first major review.

Thanks to Alan Bowling for all his work organizing and sharing art from David’s estate, with a big assist of scans by Grace Jenkins. Here are some of those images. (This is a subpage of Pastels)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

painting on canvas

 

Smears Project

 

from Randy A

 

from Debbie B

 

                 from Britt Z East Coast Fashion

 

from Ginny W P

 

 

 

 

 

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A last David Larson pastel from a slide that I missed posting. Kneaded erasure was used as a tool on the carpet pattern probably done in charcoal. It also puts this upset cornered cat in the smear series using it to accent the upturned fur in the moment of action.  Alan Bowling, de facto executor of David’s art estate.

David Larson Art webpage

April 15, 2022 Posted by | art, Raleigh history | | 2 Comments

David Larson: Dead Dads, Lt Walsh & Karl

Peter Eichenberger, David and brother Karl at Viki B’s wedding

The Dead Dad’s Club, Lt Walsh Day, the Poker Game, the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Party, all were a big part of David’s social life and the action often involved brother Karl and his house on Sasser Street in the Oakdale neighborhood of Raleigh. And David always celebrated not just with drinking but with art.

from Alan B

The Dead Dad’s Club was invented by Karl Larson. David went through training and qualified to make videos for broadcast on Channel 10, Raleigh’s public access station. His video starring Karl and others about the club was banned from broadcast for lewdness ( the urination of Peter E off camera during the filming) but represents an excellent history of the event. Alan B posted the video here.

The annual party was attended only by people who had lost their Dad. David’s Dad died at age 50 (David told friends he thought he would die at the same age). David made a card for some of the occasions.

from Alan B DD stickers

from Bill H

 

 

from Sasser Street

 

 

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Lt Walsh was a Confederate soldier who, perhaps in a drunken angry mood, fired on the delegation of Union officers entering Raleigh to accept the city’s surrender. He was captured and hung at a spot in Oakwood near the Side Street Cafe. His grave is prominent in Oakwood Cemetery, and Karl Larson, a fervent local historian, made adorning his grave a special and sometimes large event every April 13th for over 25 years. David’s portrait was used in the elaborate brochure made for year nineteen.

 

 

from Sasser St

 

from Sasser St

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Karl Larson was a Raleigh legend in his own right and he as well as his hospitable house on Sasser were an important part of David’s life. Karl’s unique take on history was evidenced as far back as high school, when Steve, my classmate, would intimate stories of midnight readings of Poe in City Cemetery. A few years later, he made his claim to fame with an elaborate, well documented funeral for the original Boylan Avenue Bridge, which was torn down amid concerns for the continued existence of Boylan Heights as downtown and its throughways grew. He is seen below with Kathryn Myers at the ceremony.

lovingly appropriated from the News & Observer

Karl had a fine career as graphic designer and publication manager at NCSU, but his reverence for local history blossomed late in life with a post-retirement job as archivist for the state and especially with his magnificent accomplishment in leading the effort to restore Joe Cox’s Light Wall on the side of the NCSU Library. He also became a beloved part of a local scene blog call Goodnight, Raleigh.

“Raleigh Boy” posts on Goodnight, Raleigh

David Larson survived Karl and his brother Steve, but not by much and now Phil Larson is left with the loss of all three brothers in a few short years. Steve’s dog Dup was a favorite subject for David, and below are some images contributed by some of the many people who have shared their art on these posts. Thanks to all, and love you some DEL!

 

from Mary R (cut-out with collage)

 

from Mark H

 

from Jim D (linoleum print)

 

from the Sasser Street collection

David Larson Art webpage

January 24, 2022 Posted by | art, David Larson, Raleigh history | , , | Leave a comment

David Larson 2000 Calendar & Bio Pics

In 1999, David was working pretty fulltime at the Habitat Re-Store, and a stack of bright white 1 ft. square chipboard panels came in. David started designing images on them with Sharpie marker, a concentric frame of his art deco style with an interesting natural figure in the middle. After I had seen several of them, I told him if he finished 12 of them, we would publish a calendar. Everybody was going nuts over Y2K, from millennial prophecy to worldwide mainframe crashes from two missing digits, and I thought we could make something of that. The result was a monochrome calendar that sold very poorly with two exceptions: to friends at Paper Plant events and to customers at Habitat, who received a very deep discount. (and David got all the money).  Nevertheless, the calendar has become a wonderful way to save and send a nice sample of David’s work.

I remember this as a wonderful and well-attended event at our house on Person Street. Many Larson laughs heard at this event!

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My favorite feature of the project was the bio sketches that David did (or had already done) which we used to illustrate their noted birthdate in the calendar. David regularly did this kind of work, using a photo, and turned them into stickers which he shared with friends. A spread of calendar pics in followed by some of this work.

The final image is David Larson, born 12/3/55.

 

from Mark H

 

from Mark H

 

from Jane H

 

from David N

 

from Sasser St John Lee Hooker

 

from Evan W

from Evan W

from Evan W

from Art D

from Art D

from Art D

 

from Bill H

 

from Richard B

 

from Mary R – Tolouse Lautrec

 

                 Sasser Street charcoal

 

from Alan Bowling, de facto executor of David’s art.

David Larson Art webpage

January 22, 2022 Posted by | art, David Larson | , | 1 Comment

Larson: Martyred Saints, Madonnas, Saints & Demons

David Larson created a long series called Martyred Saints. He also returned often to religious figures for his expressionistic subjects. If you have one and don’t see it, post it on the David Early Larons FB page or send to JDJ!

 

from Viki B

 

from Kim B

 

from Alan B

 

from John DJ

 

from John DJ

 

from Larson Gallery

 

from Larson Gallery

 

from Larson Gallery

 

from Larson Gallery

from Kim A   St Apollonia

 

from Sasser Street     St Sebastian

 

from Sasser Street St Jerome

 

from Viki B St. Cecilia

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            from Al M. (playing card sized)

 

from Debbie B

 

from Diedre R G

 

from Viki B

 

from Mary R

 

from Kim B

 

 

from Randy A

 

from Mary R

 

from Kim B

 

from Debbie B

 

 

 

from Art D

 

from Tom M

 

from Shonna and Art

 

from Grace J “Delvis”

David Larson Art webpage

January 17, 2022 Posted by | art, David Larson | , | Leave a comment

David Larson Pastels

from Shawn B

 

Here is the heart of the collection, not only in number but the many people for whom theirs is a beloved part of their homes. David was productive and at ease with this form most of his life. We are blessed to experience them.

 

from Cindy O via Alan B

 

 

                from Ann T

 

from Maryls de A

from Marlys de A

 

from Joy H W

 

from Joy H W

 

from Richard B

 

from Richard B

 

from Richard B

 

from Cheryl P

from Cheryl P

Al & Jamie M wedding gift

from Sherry M

 

from Mary Anne H

 

from Kim B

 

from Kim B

 

from Tommy L

 

from Al M

 

from John And Cara DJ

 

from Randy A

 

from Randy A

 

from Richard B

 

from Al M

from Randy A

 

from Debbie B

 

from Sarah G

 

from Cheryl P

 

from Debbie B

 

from Debbie B

 

from Faye L

 

from Tom M

 

from Mary R

 

from Pat M

 

from Pat M

 

from Ann C T

 

from Mary R

 

from Mary R

 

 

from Mary R

 

from Susan C “Sadlacks”

 

from Britt Zaist

 

from Britt Zaist

 

from Peter L

 

from The Paper Plant

 

from Ginny W P

 

from Alan B

 

from Sasser Street

 

from Sasser Street

 

from The Paper Plant

 

Slide Pastels & Smears: A Larson Bonus Page

click above to see slide images of work from David’s estate

 

Facebook post by Alan Bowling with Sasser St. pastels

David Larson Art webpage

January 15, 2022 Posted by | art, David Larson, Raleigh history | , | 1 Comment