1956 – 2011
David Larwill was born in 1956 in Ballarat, Victoria. He studied at the Prahran College of Advanced Education and the Preston Institute of Technology. His painting style, distinctively expressionistic and figurative, began in his earlier years as a founding member of the famous ROAR Studios in Fitzroy.
Larwill was influenced by movements as diverse as tribal art, aboriginal art, abstracted figuration of the 1940’s and 1950’s, as well as the naive style of DuBuffet and Art Brut. His work was directed and inspired by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Australian artist Peter Booth and Indigenous Australian artist Ginger Riley Munduwalawala.
Controlled, sophisticated and characterised by their simplified forms and overall geometric patterns, Larwill’s paintings became well sort after as his popularity grew throughout the 1980s and 1990s, as well as into this century. He was an artist who had harnessed and refined his emotional desire to put paint to canvas. This enabled him to produce works motivated by emotion and executed in a mature, considered and polished manner. It was Larwill’s unique mix of simplicity and sophistication that proved popular in his work.
Larwill became a significant, well known and admired name in the art world, with sell out shows in Sydney and Melbourne. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Parliament House in Canberra.
David Larwill sadly passed away in June 2011.
National Gallery of Australia, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Vic.
Museum of Contemporary Art, NSW
Parliament House Art Collection, ACT