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 R.A Paintings, Passions and Alarms  Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate 14th November 2015 - 7th February 2016
The Mercer Art Gallery is open Tue - Sat 10am - 4pm Sunday 2pm - 4pm Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays Closed 24th - 27th December and 1st January 2016
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.
New: Published 2015:  Sonia Lawson Passions and Alarms
Lavisly Illustrated 144 page colour Monograph author:Nicholas Usherwood
available to purchase online and from all good booksellers 
Portrait of my Mother, Muriel Metcalfe 1981, oil on canvas 289x191cm
Events: Sonia Lawson and the Yorkshire Landscape Monday 25th January 2016 at 2pm at Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate Gallery talk by Yorkshire Dales artist, Katharine Holmes. On 26th November there was a talk by Jane Sellars: Curator of Mercer Gallery.
further information available from Tennants
Purchase Online Purchase Online
All images copyright: Sonia Lawson 2015 - 2016 (unless otherwise specified)
Portal to Shangri-La 2011 oil on canvas.  Currently on exhibition at Tennants Leyburn
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 R.A Paintings, Passions and Alarms  Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate 14th November 2015 - 7th February 2016
The Mercer Art Gallery is open Tue - Sat 10am - 4pm Sunday 2pm - 4pm Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays Closed 24th - 27th December and 1st January 2016
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.
New: Published 2015:  Sonia Lawson Passions and Alarms
Lavisly Illustrated 144 page colour Monograph author: Nicholas Usherwood
available to purchase online and from all good booksellers 
Portrait of my Mother, Muriel Metcalfe 1981, oil on canvas 289x191cm
Events: Discussion of Sonia Lawson’s work by Jane Sellars: Curator of Mercer Gallery. Talk to be held at Tennants, Leyburn 26th November 2015  2pm 
further information available from Tennants
Purchase Online Purchase Online