Larry Stark has been a prolific artist, designer and master goldsmith for over thirty years. He combines outstanding, museum-qualify craftsmanship with a remarkably diverse imagination. In his creations, he gives special attention to formal elements such as space, shape, balance and color.
By age seven, Larry had completed his first sculpture, by nine he began to create his own jewelry, and by twelve he was custom painting choppers for Hell’s Angels. After high school, he set his sites on making jewelry. He spent the next part of his life pursuing jewelry making with a passion, teaching himself advanced techniques, and perfecting the art of design. He owned and operated a gallery specializing in custom, one-of- a-kind, hand-made, fine jewelry. It is here that Larry developed a devoted following and earned a stellar reputation as a master goldsmith.
After a successful career of over thirty years making jewelry at his studio/gallery in Sacramento, Larry Stark is now focusing most of his talent on art while still making jewelry. Without the constraints of wearability, as in jewelry, he can now make things “BIG.”
Combining the natural elements of wood and stone with the refinements of silver, gold, platinum and gems, Larry is creating a magnificent blend of both worlds. At first glance, what would appear to be a contradiction, turns out to be a combination of beautiful contrasts.
When it comes to doing commission work, Larry’s many patrons believe he is gifted with an uncanny ability to create a perfect representation of their vision by intuitively capturing the essence of their desires.
“I like making things, I like everything about it. I always have since I was quite young. I particularly enjoy creating one of a kind custom jewelry and art for people. Often I know what they want even when they can’t describe it. I see shape, form, movement, and contrast everywhere and in everything. I love using these concepts and combining them with my technical skills to make dramatic looking creations. That is my art.
There are two parts of the process that have always been extremely important to me: first, that whatever I do is done technically correct and second, that what I do is pretty.
People often ask about where my inspiration comes from. On the surface, it comes from everything around me especially nature and that’s true, but if you go deeper, the real answer is, I don’t get inspiration from anything. It’s always with me – all the time, and I just open up to it and it comes through me. I hope you enjoy my work.”