New works by John K Lawson
October 24th – November 30th
at Metro Gallery
Opening reception October 24th 5pm – 7pm
John K. Lawson was born in Birmingham, England, in 1962 and raised mostly in the countryside until his family moved to South London when he was a young teenager. He first came to America on a student exchange program in engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There his artistic abilities were encouraged, and he returned to England two years later to concentrate on landscape painting.
Eventually, Lawson was drawn back to the Deep South, and soon became part of an underground art culture in New Orleans that included working in tattoo, T-shirt and mural designs long before these mediums became mainstream. Lawson also became known for his unique drawing style and creations using discarded Mardi Gras beads. He covered mannequins, pianos, and drums with intricate bead work, including a fifty-three-foot-long bar top at the notorious artists’ haven, the Audubon Hotel.
Since Hurricane Katrina, Lawson divides his time between studios in New York City and Great Barrington.
A few words from John K Lawson about this exhibit:
In this ever changing multi connected world of images, voice and music, when I find the time to stop and pause to look around, everything appears to be vibrating with a Life affirming force.
Visual Vibrations reflects this vision.
On display are a series of works made over the course of several years including “No Man’s Land”, the first piece I collaged using the fragile remains of drawings, poems and sketches salvaged from my former New Orleans studio salvaged from the floods of Hurricane Katrina. Also on view are several recent works, including “Whistle Blower” and Baltimore’s very own, “Ray Lewis.”
Also on exhibit are a series of Carnival, crayon and ink drawings celebrating the Joy of Life as we understand it!