Larry (Lawrence) Rosso
July 21, 1944 – July 20, 2006
Larry Rosso began carving at quite a young age under the expert guidance of his grandfather. He recalled, as a child, seeing his grandfather carving a large canoe and since that time could not remember ever wanting to do anything else.
Rosso was fortunate in his career to have had the opportunity to work with many major artists, in particular Doug Cranmer, Lloyd Wadhams and Robert Davidson. For many years, Rosso focused his energies on the production of superb bentwood boxes. His steamed and bent boxes are without equal, carved to perfection and of outstanding design and proportion. Rosso's enthusiastic and caring approach to his work was the reason for his success.
Before he passed away Rosso had been creating red cedar panels in a circular format exclusively for the Douglas Reynolds Gallery. Four of his four-foot panels can be viewed at the Air BC Departure Lounge, Gate A9, at the Vancouver International Airport.
In 1998, the Vancouver Stock Exchange commissioned a carved Beaver Panel for inclusion in its private collection and to be featured it on the Annual Report. On November 25, 1999, the Douglas Reynolds Gallery hosted the opening of Larry Rosso: Mixed Media, Rosso’s first solo exhibition.