Lars Lerin was born and raised in Munkfors, Värmland. He studied at the school of Gerlesborg 1974-75 and at the Department of Fine Arts, Valand 1980-84. Lars Lerin is considered to be Scandinavia’s leading artist in watercolor technique. He has had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in art museums and galleries in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Germany, Norway and the United States. Lars Lerin’s work is exhibited in County Councils and Municipalities in Sweden and Norway. He has his own museum, Sandgrund Lars Lerin, dedicated to his art exclusively.
Lars Lerin is also a prolific author and has since his debute Utpost (1983), written and released more than fifty books.
In 2014, his book Naturlära (The lesson of Nature) was released by Albert Bonniers publishing house. The book consists of over 400 pages of paintings, texts, thoughts and notes by Lerin. It is one of the highlights of the year in the publishing business of Sweden. The book was awarded the August Prize 2014.
The next book, Axels tid, released in Sweden 2015, as a beautiful book and in audio with music composed by former ABBA-member Benny Andersson. In Axels tid, he tells the story of Axel, in a straight forward and unsentimental way, about a destiny that is so close to us and yet feels so far. The book is illustrated by his stunning paintings of buildings, environments and people that are now gone.
Recently Lars Lerin has illustrated the book Om Vinteren, by Karl Ove Knausgård, and his tv-series, Vänligen Lars Lerin has been a huge success with over 1,300,000 viewers, that also honored him not one, but two, Crystal Awards as Best Lifestyle show of 2016 and Best male TV-personality of 2016. A documentary about Lars Lerin has just been broadcasted on Swedish Television and he is honored the royal medal Litteris et Artibus 2016. During 2016 he had an exhibition in USA and during 2017 he had several exhibitions in Norway. In 2018 he will present a large solo exhibition at the prestigous Liljewalchs in Stockholm, Sweden.
His next book, Råskinn (Bare skin) will be released in May 2018.
Råskinn (Bare Skin)
Och fågeln flög fritt för att uppsöka sin bur (And the bird flew boldly in search of its cage)
Lars Lerin, Carl Larsson
Naturlära (The lessons of Nature)
Awarded with the August Prize
Liljewalchs, Stockholm, Sweden
Hanaholmen, Helsinki, Finland
Åland Art Museum, Åland