b.1967

Laurence Edwards

One of the few sculptors who casts his own work, Laurence Edwards is fascinated by human anatomy and the metamorphosis of form and matter that governs the lost-wax process. The driving force behind his work is bronze, an alloy that physically and metaphorically illustrates entropy, the natural tendency of any system in time to tend towards disorder and chaos. His sculptures express the raw liquid power of bronze, its versatility, mass and evolution, and the variety of process marks he retains tell the story of how and why each work came to be.

Christopher Le Brun PRA praised Edwards specifically for his ability to blur the boundaries between man and nature. And organic forms continue to literally influence his work, be it Suffolk grasses mixed into the process clay, or cast into elements that transform his figures into something allegorical or mythic.

Based in Suffolk, he trained at Canterbury College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, where he studied bronze castin ...

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Exhibition Highlights

2016 Messum's, London

2015 Mossgreen, Melbourne and Sydney

Guest Artist, ‘Cley Contemporary’ Cley-next-to-Sea, Norfolk

'Sculpture by the Sea', Bondi Beach, Sydney

2014 Royal Society of Sculptors, London

2013 Messum’s, London

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Recent Press

Q&A with Laurence Edwards

Art Collector, April, 2015

Old friends team up with British and Australian art

Antiques Trade Gazette, December, 2014

Awards

2015 The Macquarie Group Sculpture Inside Prize (for 'Up Sticks', 2014)

2012 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors

2009 Elected Member Royal Society of British Sculptors

2006 Freakley Prize, Society of Portrait Sculptors

2005 Royal Society of Portrait Sculpture Award (for 'Grin and Bear')

1988-90 Henry Moore Bursary, the Angeloni Prize, and an Intach Travelling Scholarship


Commissions

2000 The Market Cross Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2002 Louth, Lincolnshire - The Meridian Line
2003 'Against the Tide', 15ft sculpture commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council, for the River Gipping.
2004 The Greenways Project & Ipswich Borough Council
2006 Arts Council
2008 'Against the Tide', 15ft sculpture commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council, for the River Gipping.
'Orion', 8ft bronze installed on private land, Lourdes, Pyrenees
2012 'Beast of Burden', 14ft wide sculpture installed on the alter of Blythburgh Church, Suffolk.
2014 12 Chimp Sculptures, 'Dryland', 96 High Street Kensington, London


Publications

Lawrence Edwards - 2010

Studio Publications 2010
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Sculpture - 2010

Studio Publications 2010
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Laurence Edwards - The Creek Men, A Journey

Clock House Arts 2009
£10.00

East Coast Influences, 2010

Studio Publications 2010
£15.00

Sculpture at Lord's Wood - 2011

Studio Publications 2011
£15.00

East Coast Influences - 2012

Studio Publications 2012
£15.00

Laurence Edwards 2013

Studio Publications 2013
£15.00

East Coast Influences - 2014

Studio Publications 2014
£15.00

Laurence Edwards

Studio Publications 2016
£15.00



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Exhibition Archive

2016 Messum's, London

2015 Mossgreen, Melbourne and Sydney

Guest Artist, ‘Cley Contemporary’ Cley-next-to-Sea, Norfolk

'Sculpture by the Sea', Bondi Beach, Sydney

2014 Royal Society of Sculptors, London

2013 Messum’s, London

Sala Pares, Barcelona

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Melbourne

2012 'Art at the Edge', Olympic Touring Show

'Contemporary Perspectives', Mall Galleries, London

2011 Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors, London

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2010 Messum’s, London

British Society of Portrait Sculptors, London

2008 ‘Creek Men’, Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk

2002 Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge

‘The Naked Truth’, Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn (Tate Partnership exhibition)

‘The Darkened World’, Britten Pears Library, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Artevent, Eindhoven , Holland

‘About Face: Get Your Head Around Sculpture’, The Croydon Clocktower

2001‘Breaking the Mould’, Norwich Castle (Tate Partnership exhibition)

2000 John Russell Gallery, Ipswich

Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge

‘Stations: The New Sacred Art’, Church of The Blessed Virgin, Woolpit, Suffolk

1999 ‘Iron Sculptors’, Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey

‘Ferrocious’, Bodyworks Gallery, Chicago

1998 ‘Projections: New Sculptures by Laurence Edwards’, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Chappel Galleries, Essex

Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire

‘Artists of Fame and Promise’, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath

1997 Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition

‘Disembodied: Exploring the Human Form’, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich

‘Young British Sculptors’, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath

‘An English Perspective’, Union of Artists, St Petersburg

1996 Hannah Peschar Gallery, Surrey

1995 Delfina Studios Gallery, London

1994 ‘Laurence Edwards: Interior Motives’, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

1992 ‘Nature Morte’ series, The Crypt Gallery, London

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Press Archive

Q&A with Laurence Edwards

Art Collector, April, 2015

Old friends team up with British and Australian art

Antiques Trade Gazette, December, 2014

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Awards Archive

2012 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors

2009 Elected Member Royal Society of British Sculptors

2006 Freakley Prize, Society of Portrait Sculptors

2005 Royal Society of Portrait Sculpture Award (for 'Grin and Bear')

1988-90 Henry Moore Bursary, the Angeloni Prize, and an Intach Travelling Scholarship