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Oil Paintings

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Announcement   Hello, Thanks for stoping by. Included here are several of my original paintings as well as a few prints. Please take your time and look around.


Hello, Thanks for stoping by. Included here are several of my original paintings as well as a few prints. Please take your time and look around.

Larry Forte

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Larry Forte


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Short History

After art school, several friends and I, from the Ringling School of Art and Design, ran an alternative art space out of the top floor apartment of the building that I was living in. We featured art and music, we got plenty of attention, and had a lot of fun. Before I left Sarasota, I was fortunate enough to work for two years as an art handler at the John and Mable Ringling Museum.
In 1990, I moved to New York, and soon began work as a freelance art installer and museum preparator.
Though I had many great experiences, my artwork suffered. I longed for the time and space and peace of mind to make art. After five years as a resident of New York, I moved down south and started making art again. I traveled back and forth for freelance work in the city. On one of these trips I met my lovely wife, a brilliant artist. She came down and we both began working and peddling our wares in the local Athens art scene.
In 2004, I got my current job in the exhibition dept. at a wonderful local art museum at UGA, The Georgia Museum of Art. I am painting again and I am so glad to have this Etsy shop open. It is an excellent venue. I am happy to be involved and to share my work.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!

The start up is not that impressive. I had made allot of paintings. I began photographing and scanning and putting it all together. One thing led to another and I’m up and running. I'm working it out, putting my best work out there, making improvements where I can and watching it unfold.


artist statement;
The range of paint as a medium is grand, if not endless. With this in mind I have begun to embrace the methods that come naturally to me. I am coming to terms with the fact that I cannot do everything at once. So, in order not to be distracted by the endless barrage of interest, I am focusing on my strengths, and minimizing experimentation. Discipline and structure must exist before anything meaningful can occur. This has been a difficult rule for me to accept.
My way is mostly an intuitive one. This means that the information conveyed is not of literal thought. What is offered is a nonverbal feeling or presence of mind.
My process is less of an invention and more of a development. The paintings have become like footsteps on a long road to self realization. The more I work, the more I gain respect for anyone working in the field, past or present.
The physical aspect of painting is very important. Most development happens while actively painting. I like the feeling of movement combined with deep stillness. My paintings are simple imagery in simple compositions.
I am aware that I am building on the forms and philosophies of others. My aim is to make good work.
Contemplation and reflection are key. My best work happens after a period of thought. When that is done, I enjoy the freedom of actively painting.
My predominant, but loosely defined, themes are Inspiration, Optimism, and Consciousness. I would like to use my work to spark a feeling of encouragement in the viewer.

When all is said and done, I hope my work will serve as a force for good.

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  • Larry Forte

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Artist

    Larry Forte was born in Connecticut and raised in Georgia and South Carolina He ended up in art school in Sarasota Florida and then continued life expeience in New York City. He currently resides in Georgia where he makes paintings.

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Last updated on March 20, 2015
I've got a selection of paintings. Many of them are on repurposed wood panel,several on canvas streched on frames that I hand built.

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