American  B. 1982


B. 1982 in Austin, TX; currently lives in Portland, ME


Joshua LaRock is quickly becoming a sought after and much-admired Classical Realist. After receiving a baccalaureate degree in Music Business at The University of Colorado, Denver in 2005, LaRock found himself compelled to explore a completely different vocation as an artist in the realm of classical painting. It was a resolute and challenging decision that led him to the Water Street Atelier, where he received tutelage from Jacob Collins. Being in New York, studying with Collins, and acquiring masterful draughtsmanship at an astonishing rate are proving to be fruitful for LaRock, and his work feels more of a mid-career artist than an emerging painter.


LaRock’s works are almost an ode to the past while being filtered through his life, his point of reference. This makes his emotive portraits memorable and potent and gives his narrative pieces an eerily contemporary attitude. Even when referencing Bouguereau or using a pastoral theme, LaRock imbues a shade of the contemporaneous, drawing the viewer deeper into his world. His still life paintings pop off the canvas and give new reverie to the ordinary. Each work is tightly rendered and thoughtfully composed; this is in stark contrast to LaRock’s en plein air landscapes, which are soft touches of color carefully recording a specific moment or truth in nature.


In 2012 LaRock's portrait submission of his wife, Laura was hailed as 'deserving special attention' during the historic America China Oil Painting Artists  League (ACOPAL) exhibit at the Beijing World Art Museum. Reproductions of "Laura" quickly became the best selling souvenir throughout the extent of the Chinese tour. Since his Chinese debut LaRock has been commissioned to paint portraits of many distinguished Chinese personalities including Mrs. Wang Limei, Director of the Beijing World Art Museum, Mr. Brian Lu, Vice President and General Manager of Apple Inc. in greater China, Actress,  Zhou Zhi and the popular Chinese singer, Yi Liyuan.


Joshua LaRock is represented by galleries in Palm Desert, Santa Fe and Cape Cod. He has participated in exhibitions throughout the US and has received a number of awards from the Art Renewal Center.  He currently lives and works in Portland, ME






2006 - 09 Intensive classical drawing and painting study under Jacob Collins. Water Street Atelier, New York, New York

2007 Instruction in landscape painting and drawing in the tradition of the original Hudson River School. Hudson River School for Landscape, New York

2005 University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado  Bachelor of Science in Music, Summa Cum Laude Major: Music Industry Studies with a focus in Music Business.





Showroom Exhibition, LaRock / Klein Studios, NY NY

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans MA


Small Works, Collins Galleries


ACOPAL: Contemporary American Realism Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China

The Figure, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

Grand Opening McColl Fine Arts, Charlotte, NC

ACOPAL: Contemporary American Realism Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH


Expressing the Figure: Drawings from Life St. John’s University, Queens, NY

ACOPAL: Inaugural Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism National Arts Club, New York City, NY


Young Masters Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT

Reviving Realism Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT


Jacob Collins and the Water Street Atelier Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

The Water Street Atelier Meredith Long & Company, Houston, TX



Core Instructor The Water Street Atelier at The Grand Central Academy of Art 2009 - Present



Artists Making Their Mark: Three To Watch Fine Art Connoisseur October 2011

Young Masters American Art Collector September 2010

Reviving Realism American Art Collector February 2010

The Grand Central Academy of Art: A Collective Vision for a Classical Revival American Artist, Drawing Spring 2009

Jacob Collins and the Water Street Atelier American Art Collector October 2008

The Hudson River School for Landscape: Reviving an American Tradition American Artist, Workshop Winter 2007



2016 Exhibitor, BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London UK

2016 Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition

2015 Named a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center

2013 First Place $10,000 Prize, Grand Central Academy Figure Drawing Competition

Grand Prize Winner 2011 ACOPAL Open Competition: for membership and inclusion in the National Arts Club and Chinese Exhibitions First Place

2008 Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition First Place

2007 Art Renewal Center International Salon Drawing Category – Melissa, graphite on paper, 12x20 Second Place

2007 Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition