Larry Nielson was born in Ephraim, Utah the son of a local rancher. His extensive career has seen him excel as an art director, consultant, illustrator/graphic designer, photographer, artist and teacher. He is a man of the spirit and of the West.
Larry is widely acknowledged as one of Utah’s best western artists. His feel for the wood tells him what is inside and what he must paint. His use of weathered barn wood as his canvas is an inspired choice. The natural contours of the wood call out to him to interpret their sinuous curves in artist’s colors.
As Joshua Kors, reporter The Nation magazine has said, “The creatures of Larry Nielson are neither shot or stuffed, but painted on pine slabs with a fine bristled brush. His western heroes ride straight out of the wood to capture the viewers eye.”
So popular are Larry’s paintings and graphics, they have been sold to Johnny Cash, Carol Burnett, Robert Redford, Andy Williams as well as President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the Osmond’s.
Though classically trained at Brigham Young University, Larry has his capricious moments, too, and his “Fat Cat” series of animal graphic art allows him to express another side of his multifaceted personality.
Larry spent time in the South Pacific and was enchanted by the allure of the South Seas. He moved to Hawaii to Brigham Young University-Hawaii where he taught art. He was fortunate to be invited to join the team that started the Polynesian Cultural Center and today his art can be seen there. As the Center’s first art director and production manager, he spent nine wonderful years introducing thousands of visitors to the marvels of Polynesian life and cultures.