Des Lawrence



Des Lawrence studied at Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. He lives and works in London.

Des Lawrence’s practice includes painting, drawing, text and installation. The principal theme of his work is derived from current newspaper obituaries. The artworks are tributes and memorials to the recently deceased. Selected shows include the The Real: Three Propositions at White Cube, London, The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, London and To Hope, to Tremble, to Live at Hepworth Wakefield. The artist was awarded the Abbey Scholarship at the British School in Rome in 2005.

Selected exhibitions

  • NGV Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

  • Contemporary Paintings, Berggruen Gallery, San Fransisco, USA

  • The Real: Three Propositions, White Cube, London, UK (solo)

  • Crossing The Borders of Photography, Somerset House, London, UK

  • The World's Your Oyster, Palazzo Carpis, Turin, Italy

  • The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

  • Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Attercliffe, Sheffield, UK

  • Really? Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Los Angeles, USA

  • Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London , UK

  • Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London , UK

  • To Hope, to Tremble, to Live, Work from the David Roberts Collection, Hepworth Wakefield, UK

  • The History Place, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, USA

  • FLIP, A Drawing Exhibition (in association with the Drawing Room), Chung King Project, Los Angeles, USA

  • Until it Makes Sense, Drawing as a Time Based Medium, Seventeen Gallery, London, UK and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

  • Ex Roma, APT Gallery, London, UK

  • Spazi Aperti, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy

  • Plural, The British School at Rome, Italy

  • Between Letters and Abstraction, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, UK

  • The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, UK

Selected articles

  • Anna Siccardi, Des Lawrence: In Memory of the Future, Parterre de Rois, Issue #4/Happiness, editpress, Milan, Italy

  • Rob Colvin, Des Lawrence, Artists Pick Artists, Hyperallergic, New York, USA (November)

  • David Barrett, Review of Until it Makes Sense, Seventeen, Art Monthly, London, UK (June)

  • Martin Herbert, Review of Between Letters and Abstraction Wordsworth Trust, Art Monthly, London, UK (March)


  • The David Roberts Collection
    The Wordsworth Trust
    Donaukurier, Munich
    Collection of Joel and Sherry Mallin
    Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody

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