Steve C. LaRance was born in 1949 and grew up on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front surrounded by everything country life could offer a boy- guns, horses, beer and two lane roads. In youth his appreciation for these things developed steadily, but his need for excitement could only be satisfied with hot rods, motorcycles and rock n’ roll. After working as a service station mechanic in high school, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman and earned his degree in design. He then pursued his Bachelors of Fine Art degree at The University of Montana in Missoula and achieved his goal in 1973.
“It occurred to me that I should paint and record what I knew about the west and to fish around in people’s psyches for their gestalten association with these situations and objects. I employ the same icons as any serious Western artist but I use them in an offbeat context to force some examination of regional social issues. The results exude a wry humor or bittersweet fondness for places and things uniquely western”
Steve C. LaRance lives and works out of Missoula, Montana. Notable exhibitions include shows at the Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; the Yellowstone Arts Center, Billings, MT; the Hockaday Art Center, Kalispell, MT; the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT; the C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT; and the Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, WA.