Larry Pirnie often referred to as the Crayola Kid and the modern day Russell paints vibrant western scenes that capture the vitality and romance of the West. He is celebrated for the energy and passion his work portrays. He has spent more than three decades living and painting in Montana, his signature style is internationally recognized and celebrated.
Larry's art can be seen at many notable public places across Montana and his art has been featured in several gallery collections including the prestigious Western Masters, C.M. Russel Museum and The Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Since 2004, Larry Pirnie's artwork has been sold exclusively by L.A. Design in Missoula, Montana.
If you are interested in adding Pirnie artwork to your collection, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 543-5077
I received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute of New York in 1963. After graduation, I enjoyed a series of responsibilities in the advertising field and in 1978, moved to Montana to continue my artistic relationship with the west.
My collectors are attracted to the color orchestration of my paintings. Expressing my joy for the west is the energy behind the colors I use. My work now is expressing my present relationship with living in the west. No matter how much I explore different techniques and mediums, the subject of my pictures are always a mixture of my present realities and past fantasies with the west.
Larry Pirnie – Artist
Capturing the color, excitement, vitality and romance of life in the West, Larry Pirnie exemplifies the spirit of Montana through his paintings. He has spent over three decades living and painting in Montana, yet he is widely known and collected throughout the country, because his art is unmistakably Pirnie.
As a boy, Larry met Norman Rockwell and acted on his recommendation to attend the Pratt Institute in New York. He worked in advertising for many years before giving up a corporate position to live his dream of being a cowboy artist.
About the Artist
He has often been a featured artist at the prestigious Western Masters art show associated with the C.M. Russell Museum, as well as the Rendezvous Royale at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Pirnie is also featured among an esteemed collection of contemporary trendsetters in Western Art at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, which houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. Pirnie has found joy in authoring a book to tell his story, and has collaborated with his friend, renowned cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski on other published works.
Larry Pirnie : From Auction Records
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Born in Waterloo, Iowa and growing up on a farm near Bettendorf, Iowa, Larry Pirnie became a sculptor and painter of abstract, highly colorful horses and cowboy figures. His acrylic paintings are loose images in bright hues of western scenes and in size, quite often are large-scale horizontal or vertical, and give in-your-face impressions such as horses running across a room.
Pirnie says that illustrator Fred Harmon's comics, "Red Rider", have been his inspiration, and this interest has led him to collecting many Harmon-created comic books. With his artwork, Pirnie has tried to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality, a goal formulated somewhat by seeing photographs of Harmon working on his ranch or ... Displaying 750 of 3637 characters.
Larry Pirnie is an American Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1940. Larry Pirnie's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $350 USD to $8,287 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2015 the record price for this artist at auction is $8,287 USD for Stallion Round Up, sold at Bonhams Los Angeles in 2020.
The Depot Missoula is home to the world's largest collection of Larry Pirnie Art, twenty-seven pieces in all. Experience the "Wild West" in vivid color throughout the restaurant. Request your favorite table and enjoy dinner under a romantic image of a couple enjoying the sunset, or a triptych of bucking broncos. If you like what you see, purchase our own Depot Collection print from our friends at LA Design.
Celebrating a new body of original work by Montana's legendary artist, Larry Pirnie. Friday, May 3rd, from 5-7pm. Experience the color of Pirnie art, and visit with the artist in person.