Larrie King - Spirit
“Spirit” is a new body of works by mixed media artist Larrie King. Through acidic colors married with found objects, vintage ephemera, and atmospheric application, King explores a personal retelling of the Icarus story and his connection to the vibrant and ever-changing world around us. On view at the Downtown Gallery (141 E. Main St.) in Kent, Ohio from May 25 - June 24, 2017. An opening reception will be held at the Downtown Gallery on Thursday, May 25 from 5-7 p.m.
Larrie King was born and raised in Leesville, a small town in north central Louisiana. He attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he earned both his BFA and MA degrees while studying fine art, graphic design, and theatre. He went on to teach graphic design at Northwestern State upon graduation. In 2012, King moved to Ohio to pursue his MFA in Visual Communication Design at Kent State University, which he completed in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Design for the program, as well as Creative Director of Glyphix Studio.
Along with teaching and practicing as a freelance designer over the years, he has also exhibited work as a painter and illustrator. His work is inspired by Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and Anselm Kiefer. King's hobbies include sewing, singing, quilting, baking, and running a small online shop selling handmade goods. He is married to Baton Rouge-born textile artist and Kent State alumnus Trey D. Gehring.