Better known as a garden photographer, Andrew Lawson will be showing a wide collection of his oil paintings, charcoal drawings and also photographs. As a survey of his artistic career, the exhibition begins with Andrew’s earliest works for posters at school through to his most recent oil paintings and drawings.
Andrew had always been passionate about drawing and painting. As a science student, he used his talents to illustrate Isis magazine and publicise theater performances with elaborate posters. When medicine lost its appeal, Andrew enrolled in St Martin’s College of Art in 1965. This departure signaled his decision to be an artist and the beginning of an 8 year period painting and exhibiting in London, Oxfordshire and Devon. To pay the bills of his expanding responsibilities and family life, Andrew worked in publishing as an art director.
In 1986, Andrew first took up garden photography. He has since worked tirelessly to promote and share the outstanding beauty of British gardens to the public through photography. With over 70 books to his name and numerous awards, Andrew’s consistent hard work has made a significant contribution to the British gardening community and has ultimately given the industry an international identity. Publications by Andrew Lawson include The Gardener’s Book of Colour, published by Frances Lincoln, The English Garden with Ursula Buchan and Good Planting with Rosemary Verey. He has provided pictures for numerous books including those written by Penelope Hobhouse, Roy Strong, Stephen Lacey and HRH The Prince of Wales. In gardening circle’s he is a household name and to garden professionals, a trusted and much respected colleague.