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Artist Profiles » James Lawrence

James LawrenceJames has been a professional artist for over 30 years, gaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1971 and Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1973 at the Otis Art Institute in California. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Biology) from Austin College, Texas (1966)

Through the years James has shown at many exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan. He was included in California Design 76 and selected for a printmakers exhibit at the California Museum of Science and Industry. His work has featured in Home Magazine, California Printmakers, Prints Magazine and Décor Magazine, and is held in the Corporate Collections of IBM, RCA, Federal Reserve Board of Philadelphia, Home Savings & Loan, and Wells Fargo Bank. He has exhibited extensively within New Zealand at both Group and Solo shows including Northart, Mairangi Arts Centre, Portfolio Gallery, St Heliers Arts Festival, Royal Easter Show, The Lakehouse.

James Lawrence teaches Printmaking, Painting and Drawing at both Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design and Mairangi Art Centre. James was named “Most Successful Painting Artist” and awarded the Royal Agricultural Society Medal at one of New Zealand’s leading Fine Arts Exhibitions this year at the 2001 Royal Easter Show. He headed off 300 other painters to win both the Asia Pacific and the Faber Castell Dry Art Open categories, as well as place third in the National Art Supplies Print Making Open.

For James, the primary aim in producing any work of art is that of involving the viewer. James emphasises the importance of capturing the interest of his audience and arousing their curiosity, allowing questions to arise within the viewer.

“To achieve this end, I constantly experiment with the subject matter, media and form, because it continually challenges me to further my range of expression. This attitude enables growth to be automatic and leads me into areas that are always new and different and hopefully stimulating and exciting to view.”

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