Larry Stanton

1947–1984

Larry Stanton lived and painted in Manhattan until he died of AIDS at the age of 37. In Greenwich Village, he was a familiar sight, starting his practice every day in the early afternoon, drinking coffee at the same spot while balancing his sketchbook and drawing someone who caught his eye. His studio developed into a gathering place for artists and writers and they became subjects for his portraits.

In the late '70s and early '80s, NYC was a magnet for boys who were escaping from homes and places where being gay was not accepted. Many of these boys became models for Larry. His work provides a telling picture of faces from a segment of NYC life which shortly disappeared with the advent of AIDS, an epidemic that annihilated so many of these faces, including Larry's own. This tribute page was created by Visual AIDS.