"Vincent" painted with Julian Ritter and developed his own original technique of painting "soft skin".

 He is known for his Nude Paintings and many of his originals are hanging in lobbies of Nevada Casino's. Much of his known art appears to be from the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.

 There were some Limited Edition 10¼" diametor plates made: "Classical American Beauties" (click here for detail page) Colleen 1979, Heather 1979, Dawn 1980, Eve 1981 (backside of Eve) and the "Motherhood Series" Mothers Joy 1982. Plus another Hackett American plate titled Show Girls 1983, (back view).

 Vincent's beautiful women are famous throughout the world.

Larry "Vincent" Garrison - His art has been displayed at such galleries as Symic in Beverly Hills and Insomniac South in Redondo Beach. Vincent, an internationally known artist is a favorite of fine art connoisseurs. His paintings are held in thousands of public and private collections around the world. Long considered to be a modern master following in the traditions of Reuben's and Renoir, he gained inspiration studying the Great Masters in Europe, and with the renowned nude artist Julian Ritter. Using an ingenious blend of opaque pigments, and transparent glazing on Masonite, he is able to achieve the striking translucent quality of skin tones and their subtleties. This, along with an amazingly delicate balance of color and form exemplify a unique style which is his trademark. While viewing one of Vincent's works you sense the unmatched rapport and intimacy created between model and artist. The ability to bring out the model's inner beauty with her external femininity provides a challenge to all artists, but one that Vincent has accomplished.

Larry Vincent Garrison:   June 12, 1923 - April 12, 2007

  Lawrence Vincent Garrison was born in Detroit on June 12, 1923. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II, and while serving on Midway Island in the Pacific, fellow Marines paid him to make sketches of them that they could send home. After his discharge from the Marines in 1947, he enrolled in the New England School of Art in Boston, where he studied for three years.

  After a short stint driving stock cars, he moved to San Diego in 1951 and went to work for Rohr Corp. in Chula Vista as a production efficiency expert. Four years later, he opened a studio near Fifth Avenue and Date Street downtown to devote all his time to painting.

  Larry Vincent Garrison followed his muse and became a portrait artist, painting couples, families and children. He made his living as an artist, but after several years he felt restricted by the structured nature of portrait work. Encouraged by fellow artist Julian Ritter, Mr. Garrison switched to painting nudes in 1963. He took to the form immediately and spent the next four decades trying to capture the graceful line and subtle tones of the human body. Works by Mr. Garrison, who painted under the name Vincent, are on display at more than 300 galleries around the world.

  Mr. Garrison often said he was captivated by the elegance of women and wanted “to put women on a pedestal.” “He enjoyed the female form,” his daughter Barbara Spinali said. “It was lucid and beautiful to him. He thought painting it was a way to honor women.” The challenge of capturing the human form was Mr. Garrison's passion.

  “There is nothing more difficult than painting nudes,” he said in a 1983 interview with The Plate Collector magazine. “Everyone's a critic. If I paint that tree, then it doesn't matter if the branches go this way or that way. But, everyone knows what a body is supposed to look like.” Mr. Garrison painted hundreds of nudes, often completing two a week. He sold most of his work through galleries or a Los Angeles art dealer.

  Mr. Garrison died April 12 in his La Mesa home after battling prostate cancer for three years. He was 83. Survivors include his daughters Janet Mittleman of Rancho Santa Fe and Barbara Spinali of Del Mar; son, Paul Garrison of Las Vegas; and sister, Leone Hayworth of Lakeside. Mr. Garrison's remains were cremated and were inurned at a memorial service on May 25, 2007 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma.

Some Art Information

  In my research on Larry Garrison Vincent paintings, here are a few things I have learned. During the time of his popularity there were some copies made by other painters and many oil transfer paintings of his art. Most of his originals were painted on Masonite.

  Now for a little advise on these Vincent oil paintings. Most of them that are selling for under $1000.00 are not a original oil painting. You can only make sure of this by examining the painting in person and looking at the back as well.

  Since I found out that there were some Vincent oil transfer paintings made on canvas, I decided not to be a sucker to this again since I had one and sold it for what I paid for it.

  I do believe that there may be some art dealers selling these oil transfers as a original at top dollar. Makes you scared to pay a few thousand dollars for something that is only worth between $100-$300. For this reason I have decided to be very happy with a lower price Vincent prints instead.

I found an art dealer on eBay selling Julian Ritter and Vicent art for $5,000 to $20,000.
They have been listing this same art on eBay for 6-12 months.
As an observer, there are many questions to ask.

  • 1. These prices seem low, very reasonable is price.
  • 2. Appears not to be many buyers, are art sales down?
  • 3. Are these really originals or copies or oil transfers?
  • 4. Is this original oil painting painted on Canvas or Masonite?
  • 5. What about a "Guarantee" or "Return Policy" if you are not happy about the purchase.

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