Oscar Larmer

“I observed a man who could see beauty in the every day. I was taught to see the beauty in nature by Bill Dickerson.” (Dickerson was a famous Kansas artist and a member of “The Prairie Print Makers” with whom Oscar studied beginning in high school.)

“I was interested in simplifying nature and painting the universal. It’s a matter of if nature is more important to you physically or intrinsically as an artist (referring to his more abstract work). Both ways, you get a different quality.”

“Most of my paintings come from depicting the joy of that day. It’s kind of a reunion between nature and God, but don’t get too flowery about that.”

- Oscar Larmer

Oscar Larmer earned a Three Year Certificate in painting from the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Kansas, an MFA from the University of Wichita, Kansas, and taught painting and drawing at Kansas State University from 1956 to 1989. Mr. Larmer is in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Kansas City, MO, the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, and the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University as well as numerous corporate and private collections.