Williamson, Lawrie (1932-2017)
Lawrie Williamson was born in 1932 and was educated in Derbyshire. At the tender age of sixteen he won a major exhibition prize to study at Nottingham College of Art. This led Lawrie to Nottingham University and ultimately to L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris.
He is a winner of both the ‘Stanley Grimm’ and Cornellison prizes at the Annual exhibition of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Lawrie Williamson established himself by painting memories of Nottingham and Derbyshire in the 1940s and 1950s. As well as studying at Beaux-Arts Paris with Arthur Spooner he also sketched with L.S. Lowry.
Lawrie moved to Ireland and has painted local Irish landscapes and figurative paintings. His style is unique and instantly recognisable.
His paintings are sought after by major institutions and collectors worldwide. Lawrie says, “I paint the first thing God made – Light “
Brian Sewell, the broadcaster and art critic said “Few, if any, handle the medium of oil painting as well as Lawrie Williamson”