For many years OHP has commissioned artists to create images to represent the season's operas. The images are not representations of the productions, but the artist’s interpretations.This year's images were designed by Joshua LaRock.
Joshua LaRock is internationally recognised as a preeminent figurative artist. After receiving a baccalaureate degree in Music Business, LaRock found himself compelled to explore a completely different vocation as an artist in the realm of painting. He attended the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City and later formed an essential part of their teaching program, dedicating seven years as a core instructor.
LaRock's exquisite paintings are an ode to the past while being filtered through a contemporary life - his point of reference. This makes his emotive figure compositions memorable and potent, his commissioned portraiture powerful and gives his narrative pieces an eerily present feeling. Even when referencing Bouguereau or one of the great compositions of the past, LaRock imbues a shade of the timeless, drawing the viewer deeper into his personal interpretation of how the world ought to be. A striking painting of the artist’s wife, Laura in Black, was exhibited last year at the National Portrait Gallery, London as part of the 2016 BP Portrait Award.