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Andrea K. Lawson

Andrea K. Lawson (Port Hadlock, Washington): Andrea was born in Hollywood, California and received her BA from the University of California Santa Cruz and her MFA from Parsons The New School of Design, New York City. Her prize winning paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited across the United States and Europe. A select list of Andrea’s solo and juried exhibits include: The Painting Center, New York, The Cape Museum of Fine Art, Massachussetts, Gallery K, Los Angeles, Ronnebaekshholm Arts & Culture Centre, Denmark, and Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux Arts, Paris, France. In Seattle and the Northwest: Washington State Convention Center, The Corridor Gallery, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Max Grover Gallery, Artisans On Taylor and Northwind Arts Center.

Using expressive color and freely roving gestural line, I explore wild spaces as well as dense human spaces. I am intrigued by the interaction between the two, such as electric lights twinkling in a wild nightscape. Painting outdoors overlooking the Puget Sound, I paint abstract landscapes with color that is not a copy but is a direct response to my emotion and experience of the changing light on sky and water as the sun moves along its path. Using sketches from dances, and photographs that I take at political marches and parades, I paint the wild magic of community. I create paintings about how human figures can be entangled in nature, struggling to be part of or separate from their/our surrounding environment.

In light of recent political events, an interesting part of Andrea’s life has been the influence of her grandfather. Andrea says that her grandfather’s “story is a reminder to all Americans to vigilantly fight for and preserve our freedom of speech and civil rights.” Andrea remembers visiting her grandparents and hearing the sound of typewriter keys click-clacking from her Grandpa Jack’s office downstairs. Grandpa Jack was John Howard Lawson, the experimental playwright, screenwriter and one of the Hollywood Ten. Inspired by European Theatre, vaudeville and jazz, he wrote socially conscious, experimental plays in the twenties and thirties which broke down the “fourth wall” (separation between audience and stage). In the thirties, he brought his family to Hollywood to write for the screen. His film titles include: Sahara, Blockade and Algiers, starring Hedy Lamarr and Humphrey Bogart. Cry Beloved Country is known as one of the first films to portray a non-stereotypical black character and to question Apartheid. Lawson was the first president of the Screen Writers Guild and outspoken, standing up for writer’s rights and the rights of workers everywhere. During the 1950s (a/k/a: the McCarthy Era), Lawson was part of a group of ten well-known writers who were imprisoned for refusing to name names to HUAC (the House on Un-American Activities Committee.) These ten brave men stood up for freedom of speech and went to jail for it.

My grandfather was blacklisted and never worked again under his own name. This had a huge effect on his life and career and family.

Speaking on her Wild Magic of Community series:

I first began painting parades after watching The Great and Terrible Beauty parade in Galway, Ireland. When my daughter and I participated in the Women’s March, Seattle 2017, I saw so much energy and creativity in the crowd around me! Wild Magic of Community series explores political marches and parades with the various characters, costume and bravado that accompany community processions. These works are concerned with the energizing creativity and activism of communities that leads to positive change in the world. Incorporated in many of these artworks is the mystery and drama of lighted events shining through darkness or dusk.

I apply paint spontaneously from my own reference photographs and composition sketches. Through playful rendering of figures and environment, the paintings have a colorful, theatrical quality, mixing the painterly with the vaudeville. My expressive process has been influenced by 20th Century Action painters and Figurative Expressionists such as Willem De Kooning, Chaim Soutine, Grace Hartigan and James Ensor.

My paintings invite the viewer to participate in and to appreciate the wild magic of their own and other communities around the world.



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ANDREA K. LAWSON: September Bouquet

ANDREA K. LAWSON: September Bouquet

Oil on canvas, on stretcher bars. Ready to hang. Dimensions: 24" t x 20" w.
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ANDREA K. LAWSON: Spring

ANDREA K. LAWSON: Spring

Oil on canvas. Dimensions: 30" w x 40" t.
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ANDREA K. LAWSON: Summer Bouquet

ANDREA K. LAWSON: Summer Bouquet

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ANDREA K. LAWSON: Surprise Summer Bouquet

ANDREA K. LAWSON: Surprise Summer Bouquet

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ANDREA K. LAWSON: Sweet Bouquet with Green Table

ANDREA K. LAWSON: Sweet Bouquet with Green Table

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ANDREA K. LAWSON: Under the Apple Tree

ANDREA K. LAWSON: Under the Apple Tree

Oil on canvas. Dimensions: 36" t x 48" w.
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ANDREA K. LAWSON: Self Portrait with Spring Bouquet

ANDREA K. LAWSON: Self Portrait with Spring Bouquet

Full title: Self Portrait with Spring Bouquet in My Studio. Oil on canvas. Dimensions: 25" w x 34" t.
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ANDREA LAWSON: Brain Beauty, Beauty Brain

ANDREA LAWSON: Brain Beauty, Beauty Brain

Model for a larger permanent installation in the Camano Island Public Library's Reading Room as part of a competitive public art commission. To be installed Autumn 2016. The nine painted panels represent different aspects, parts and views of the brain, created in the artist's expressive painting style with an abstract feel. On closer view the...
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ANDREA LAWSON: Dusk

ANDREA LAWSON: Dusk

Small, charming acrylic landscape by Northwest artist Andrea Lawson of Port Townsend, Washington. Ready to hang. Dimensions: approximately 6" x 4" x 1-1/2" deep.
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ANDREA LAWSON: Field

ANDREA LAWSON: Field

Small, charming acrylic landscape by Northwest artist Andrea Lawson of Port Townsend, Washington. Ready to hang. Dimensions: approximately 6" x 4" x 1-1/2" deep.
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