Welcome to the studio of American artist Michael Lawrence in Kamini in Hydra Island, Greece.
As a sculptor, Michael Lawrence works with wax to create the form for his bronze statues. For his 2016 series 'Witness' his starting point for all pieces was a rolled tube which he has used as a simple pedestal to add gravitas to his 'heads' or to enable him to embellish and create stories with his bronzes. Each statue is approximately 1 meter tall.
Michael explains his thoughts and motivation for this series in this video interview.
Michael's sculptures are three-dimensional and facinatingly detailed. Sculpted in wax at his studio, they are carefully packaged and transported to have molds made and then to create his bronzes.
Early works are unpolished but the nine pieces made over the winter of 2015 are polished. I personally like his painted bronzes featured here.
Michael's 'Encounters' pieces have been painted directly onto pages of draft manuscripts, reflecting his initial thoughts for the autobiographical books which are now available. Reading any of Michael's books will give you a fresh and more meaningful understanding of his work before you view them.
'My Voyage In Art' includes 197 colour images of paintings, watercolours, sculptures and people over a 60 year period accompanied by a detailed essay. Encounters with Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Morrison, Andy Warhol and others illuminate.
'Loaded Brush' Artist Michael Lawrence has followed his own passions: dance, theatre, poetry and music transcribing his feelings into exhuberant, colorful, tender reflections. Michael has exhibited his paintings and sculptures in numerous countries and is widely collected. Film director Oliver Stone, author Ray Bradbury and movie star Kirk Douglas are amongst the collectors who own his work. The son of a Hollywood actor and a screenwriter, Michael grew up alongside Jim Morrison and numerous tales of his relationships with the rich and famous – Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, Leonard Cohen, John Cage to name just a few – along with his painting and scupltures fill this wonderful autobiography. Dedicated to Charles Chaplin, Loaded Brush is 415 pages featuring over 150 images details a fascinating and memorable life in art.
Both books are available online from the FastPrint Publishing bookshop.
Michael is one of the most accessible artists resident in Hydra and you are welcome to visit his studio, by appointment, to view and buy his work direct from him.