Ted Larsen salvages his painted scrap metal from cars, buildings, industrial equipment, appliances - wherever he can find it. He cuts the metal into large sections at the site and then into smaller sections in the studio. The colors and aging of the metal add a patina of time to the finely made finished works. He particularly likes to find cars old enough to have been painted with lead-based paints, those blues, oranges, beiges, yellows and reds in his work that are chalky and subdued rather than metallic and shiny. The formal simplicity and elegance of these works make an engaging contrast with the foraging process of dismantling old artifacts of the past.
Larsen is a nationally exhibiting artist and Pollock-Krasner Foundation recipient with a BA from Northern Arizona University. His work has been exhibited widely in museums in the US, including the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, The Albuquerque Museum, The Amarillo Museum of Art, The Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.