Larry Kitchen was born in 1957 in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a BFA from Sam Houston State University and a Masters of Arts from The University of Texas at Tyler. In his early career he worked as a commercial illustrator with a large aerospace corporation. He was trusted with client projects that included artist renderings of the Space Shuttle for NASA, the Stealth bomber for the Pentagon, and numerous other high profile clientele.
His career took a turn when he decided to teach illustration, design, and graphic arts at the collegiate level. This provided the opportunity to cultivate his own illustration client list. By his late thirties he was a regionally known artist having numerous commissioned works on display throughout Texas. His artistic notoriety continued to grow through the next decade, so too the demand for his canvases.
Over the past decade he has focused his brush on scenes from abroad taking trips to Great Britain, Iceland, and Germany, in which he was artist in residence at Hilmsen Art Academy. His work from these art excursions has been the fuel and inspiration for his most recent published works, which include a range of illustrated books for young readers.
He has taught and lectured at universities and colleges in The United States and Europe. He is currently the Director of the Visual Arts Department at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. He plans to continue to travel, paint and teach.
Kitchen’s paintings are currently on display at various locations, including The East Texas Oil Museum, The Tyler Rose Museum, LeTourneau University and The University of Texas Health Center in Tyler, Texas. Kitchen’s paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and museums including Longview Museum of Fine Art, Monchskiche Museum of Salzwedel Germany, Savannah College of Art and Design, Stephen F. Austin State University, Dallas Baptist University, College of South Plains and University of Texas A&M at Commerce.
Two Old Crows Gallery, Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147