Salvage Yard Series Paintings    Gallery 1 (paintings)       Gallery 2 (paintings)      Gallery 3 (studies)      Gallery 4 (studies)
I spent over 5 years painting on location at an active salvage yard in Hackettstown, NJ. I did the bulk of these paintings from 1999-2004. I am amazed at how much stuff winds up at the dump. These paintings took on a life of their own, as they changed from fairly straightforward depictions of mountains of junk to large abstract close-ups of crushed debris waiting to be recycled. Spending that much time at an active salvage yard and seeing how much waste we create, has given me a whole different perspective on consumer goods and the built in obsolescence that helps drive our economy.    Bronx Draw Bridge, Painted by Valeri Larko
   Car 2004 oil on linen, 42"x42" by Valeri Larko