About Larry Cole

    A native of Tennessee, Larry studied art and business at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  In his early studio work at UT, Larry was influenced by the painting techniques of his internationally-known professors C. Kermit Ewing and Carl Sublett.  Their influence can still be detected in Larry's custom of accentuating the abstract structures within his real-world subjects.

Larry subsequently chose a career in business but maintained a life-long interest in painting.


After a 33-year career and earning an MBA, Larry retired to pursue painting.  He eventually opened a studio and gallery in the Bearden Arts District in West Knoxville which he owned for several years.  In 2014 Larry and his wife Ann purchased a home and 16 acres in West Knoxville where he built his current studio.   The studio, a converted greenhouse and cabin, serves as his base for creativity as he continues to explore varying painting techniques and subjects.

    Larry's works have been showcased in solo and group exhibits throughout the Southeast.  In addition to public exhibitions and engagements, he enjoys the patronage of a number of devoted private and corporate collectors.


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