MARK H LAWRENCE: ‘Automatics’ Tuesday, 1st January - Monday, 25th February
Visit the Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel for the exhibition of Automatics by Mark H Lawrence.
For this exhibition, the artist has produced artwork stimulated by the subconscious and created through the automatic process.
Through an approach that seeks to suppress conscious control over the creative process, this artwork represents the freedom of experimentation which the artist believes to be a natural complement to their highly detailed work in portraiture and in realism.
Vivid, enigmatic and evocative, these works represent unique, mythical yet in some way familiar places.
Mark H Lawrence (b. Edinburgh, Scotland) MA Fine Art, University of East London 2009-10; BA Fine Art (Hons) Grays School of Art, Aberdeen 1990-94; PGDE Art & Design Secondary Education, The University of Edinburgh 2017-18. Awards - Winner - Loxley Painting Prize, Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition 2015; Winner - Robert Gordon Memorial Prize Royal Scottish Academy Annual Student Exhibition 1994.
Other major group exhibitions include The BP Portrait Award 2018, The Scottish Portrait Awards 2017; The Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2017 & 2016; Visual Arts Scotland 'Converge' 2016; Curwen Gallery Prize for Figurative Painting 2014; Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2014; Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011.
Mark’s work plays out between realism, portraiture, landscape and utilises the illusory nature of oil paint to manufacture pseudo-mythological moments, psychological portrayals and once-hidden landscapes. He is interested in the external influence of context, place and myth on our metaphysical lives and our identities. He is at present creating a series of portraits that seek to represent people with learning disabilities and to highlight the issues that face those who live within social care provision. One of these works is currently on display in the BP Portrait Award 2018, at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Mark’s work has been influenced by Renaissance Art, Dadaism and Existential philosophy and can be found in private collections in the UK and abroad. He currently lives and works in London.
Friday 11th of January, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tube: Oxford Circus Underground Station (7 min walk)
Train: Piccadilly Circus Station (5 min walk)