Sonia Lawson R.A.
Rune Rock
My interest is to solve the difficulty of using recognisable imagery, yet having the freedom of abstraction, evading the strictures of narrative, yet still using, say, a boat, a tree, a figure if I want to, and if I use them it is important to simultaneously try and break the bounds of familiarity.
Rune Rock. circa 1996 38x37cm Oil on Canvas
Homage to my Mother, Muriel Metcalfe, 1981. Oil on canvas 206cm x 168 cm
Sonia Lawson is an artist whose work constantly resonates with the new, her images transforming a commonplace activity into an epic event.
Born in the Yorkshire Dales into a family where both her mother and father were well respected painters, Lawson has developed her own idiom in paint, yet has never been afraid to embrace new forms and ciphers for her work. This much-needed monograph traces her very personal style from the semi-abstract early paintings, moving into her vision of artist as witness: a darker period recording injustices on canvas. From this sombre palette she turned to raw pigments and a personal mythology, with rosy sculptural images of warmth and light.
Lawson’s recent work is a sort of Rosetta Stone, at times intriguingly arcane and inscribed with living, jostling beings, depicting the elemental. It is a rich tapestry and with a sense of the absolute, of something writ in stone which lends a positive determinism to the ongoing journey. This monograph simultaneously traces Sonia Lawson’s academic and personal history, illuminating her outlook and her dramatic and diverse oeuvre.
Published Monograph:  Sonia Lawson Passions and Alarms
Lavisly Illustrated 144 page colour Monograph author:Nicholas Usherwood
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All images copyright: Sonia Lawson
Major New Exhibition: Frink-Blow-Lawson Dec 2017- March 2018 Part of the Women with Vision series: bringing together the work of Dame Elizabeth Frink, Sandra Blow and Sonia Lawson. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
Above photograph taken at: Sonia Lawson Paintings, Passions and Alarms. Mercer Gallery, Nov 2015- Feb 7th 2016
Sonia Lawson R.A.
Rune Rock
My interest is to solve the difficulty of using recognisable imagery, yet having the freedom of abstraction, evading the strictures of narrative, yet still using, say, a boat, a tree, a figure if I want to, and if I use them it is important to simultaneously try and break the bounds of familiarity.
Rune Rock. circa 1996 38x37cm Oil on Canvas
Sonia Lawson is an artist whose work constantly resonates with the new, her images transforming a commonplace activity into an epic event.
Lawson’s recent work is a sort of Rosetta Stone, at times intriguingly arcane and inscribed with living, jostling beings, depicting the elemental. It is a rich tapestry and with a sense of the absolute, of something writ in stone which lends a positive determinism to the ongoing journey. This monograph simultaneously traces Sonia Lawson’s academic and personal history, illuminating her outlook and her dramatic and diverse oeuvre.
  Sonia Lawson Passions and Alarms
Lavisly Illustrated 144 page colour Monograph author: Nicholas Usherwood
Portrait of my Mother, Muriel Metcalfe 1981, oil on canvas 206x168cm
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Portal to Shangri-La 2011 oil on canvas.  
All images copyright: Sonia Lawson
Major New Exhibition: Frink-Blow-Lawson Part of the Women with Vision series: bringing together the work of Dame Elizabeth Frink, Sandra Blow and Sonia Lawson. Royal West of England Academy Bristol Dec 2017 - March 2018