Larry Lippold


For as long as I can remember I have found inspiration in structures, and during the last twenty years architecture, in particular that of the Italian church, has been the main focus of my drawing.

I find a certain pleasure  being in a church, observing and sketching.  Great forms rise above in volumes of stone and space, and as the light moves through the darkness it is reflected from painted and gilt surfaces.  I hear the sound of people passing, but I am enclosed in the act of drawing, somehow in a different time.

That timelessness is brought into another focus with my large charcoal drawings of isolated forms.  The process of making them becomes a meditation as the marks on the page weave into depths and darkness.

But in all these works, whether done in the studio or on site, the drawing, itself, is at the true center of my experience.