Liv Mette Larsen


In a career spanning more than fourty years, Larsen’s intuitive paintings, watercolors and drawings establish an energetic dialogue about perception and the transitory moments of life. Working primarily in monochrome silhouettes, she employs alternating scales to reconstruct the subjective realities of her narratives. Instead she proposes an inductive perspective, abstracting people and things from her daily encounters that reflect the circumstances of Larsen’s practice. Her paintings dissolve the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, with objects transforming fluidly into organic geometric forms. She paints with densely applied egg tempera to create the illusion of volume to allow isolated elements to become vivid archetypal forms and graphic signs.


1952 Born in Oslo, Norway

1971-72 Westerdahls Reklametegneskole, Oslo, Norway

1974–77 SHKS School for Arts and Crafts Oslo, Norway

1978–84 Hochschule der Künste/UdK Berlin, Germany

1984 Masterclass student with Prof.Fussmann

1984 Cofounder of the producers gallery WISSARTH, Berlin, Germany



1992 Grant of the Senate’s Cultural Affairs Department, Berlin

1994 / 1996 / 1997 / 2006 Grants, Vederlagsfondet, Norway

2013 BKH-Grant Norway

2014 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2014/2015 BKH-Grant Norway

2016 Exhibition Grant BKH, Norway

2017 Exhibition Grant BKH, Norway

2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA

Selected Works