Urban Larsson - Selfportrait

Painter of portraits, still lifes & landscapes

Urban Larsson is a traditional oil painter. As well as portraits, he paints still lives, landscapes and nudes. Striving for beauty and universal human values, he paints only from life and in a tradition that has evolved over more than five centuries - sight-size.

Invitation Open Studio Event April 2015

Urban Larsson has the great pleasure to invite you to a exhibition of recent oil paintings in his studio on Prinseneiland, Amsterdam showing several still-lifes, portraits and landscapes.

Opening hours:
Thursday 9 April, 5-8 pm
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 April, 2-6 pm
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April, 2-6 pm

Prinseneiland 24 A2, 1013 LR Amsterdam (see map)


For more information see the invitation (in pdf-format).

Family Picture

Less than a year ago Urban Larsson was finishing the last painting of a great commission for a family in Louisville, Kentucky. It comprised of 17 individual life-size portraits and one final “family picture”. The two generations of adults were done in oil paint and the 9 grandchildren in charcoal. Some of the portraits were done in the U.S.A. and some in his studio in Amsterdam.

Interior of studio - B. Family Picture / 120 x 160 cm oil on canvas 2014 / Private collection United States

All the single portraits were eventually reunited, framed and placed in his studio. Subsequently Urban painted the final “family picture” as an interior of his studio wherein all the individual portraits can be seen. The canvas measures 120x160 cm.

Unveiling portrait actor Hans Croiset in Amsterdam

On March 9th, 2014, the portrait of the renowned Dutch actor, director and writer Hans Croiset (1935), was unveiled at a ceremony at the Stadsschouwburg (main theatre) in Amsterdam. Among the speakers was art historian and former museum director Rudi Fuchs (see photograph below).

Hans Croiset - Rudi Fuchs - Unveiling portrait - Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

The portrait will be part of the great collection of portraits housed in the theatre. The life-size portrait was painted during sittings in the artist's studio on Prinseneiland, Amsterdam in the autumn of 2013.

Portrait Hans Croiset

Portrait of Queen Silvia
to Swedish National Portrait Gallery

A new portrait of HM Queen Silvia has been donated to the Swedish National Portrait Gallery, which is managed by Nationalmuseum. The portrait, a gift in honour of the Queen’s 70th birthday, was painted earlier this year by Swedish artist Urban Larsson. It has been unveiled at Gripsholm Castle on 11 June 2013.

Queen Silvia of Sweeden posing

© Photo Anne Nyblaeus

The work has been added to the Swedish National Portrait Gallery, the world’s oldest national portrait gallery, which is managed by Nationalmuseum.

Inauguration portrait Queen Silvia of Sweden

© Photo Mari Bozon

The portrait collection comprises around 4,600 works, with new additions every year. The portrait of Queen Silvia is a gift from a number of corporate and private donors in honour of the Queen’s upcoming 70th birthday.

Queen Silvia of Sweden - portrait by Urban Larsson

© Urban Larsson

The oil painting is the work of Urban Larsson. Born in Stockholm in 1966, Larsson studied in Florence and has lived and worked in Amsterdam for the past 24 years. He is much in demand as a portraitist, and his past commissions include the official portraits of Wim Kok, the former prime minister of the Netherlands, and Gerdi Verbeet, the former speaker of the Dutch parliament. The portrait of Queen Silvia was painted in multiple sittings at Drottningholm Palace during February and March of 2013.

A reportage of the inauguration by Swedish television:

For more media coverage of this and other events see the press page.

Urban Larsson has exhibited throughout Europe and in the United States to much acclaim.

Please see the online portfolio for examples of his work.

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