Ted Larsen was born in 1964 and educated at Whittier College in California. He later graduated from Northern Arizona University. Following a gentler career in landscape painting, Larsen adjusted his focus to making abstract sculptures from salvaged materials, or ‘non-art materials’, as he prefers to call them. Experiments in context, hybrid and scale are a full-time occupation for Larsen, whose only income is his art.
In a conscious effort to disassociate himself from his colleagues who pursue one cohesive direction and a single theme, Larsen talks about his work in mostly loose and abstract terms. ‘I hope to bring purist shapes and surfaces back down to earth […] and re-label the idea of ready-mades’, he says.
These ideals are the foundation of an impressive oeuvre that safeguards Larsen’s reputation in the US. His work is highly collectible and exhibited nationwide.