Laurence Edwards ARBS

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Born, raised and still residing in Suffolk, Laurence Edwards began his training at Canterbury College of Art and in 1988 he moved to London to study bronze casting and sculpture at the Royal College of Art. There he won a clutch of prizes, one of which enabled him to travel to India where he was able to study traditional casting techniques. Combining the resulting knowledge with state of the art casting techniques, he has produced an army of monumental figures that that feel simultaneously mythological and modern.
Edwards has completed a number of public commissions across the country, sits on a number of gallery committees, runs his own gallery space and is a guest curator at Wingfield Arts. His familiarity with the processes of bronze has led him away from conventional casting – he has chosen another path, one that relishes experimentation and technical innovation. In 2006 Edwards won the Freakley Prize for the most outstanding portrait sculpture awarded by the Society of Portrait Sculptors.

1993
Nature Morte series at The Crypt Gallery, London

1994
Laurence Edwards: Interior Motives at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

1995
Laurence Edwards: Recent Sculpture solo exhibition at the Delfina Studios Gallery, London

1996
Solo exhibition at the Hannah Peschar Gallery, Surrey, featuring the Predicament series

1997
Included in the Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition
Included in the Disembodied: Exploring the Human Form exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich
Young British Sculptors at the Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
Exhibits in An English Perspective at the Union of Artists, St Petersburg

1998
Projections: New Sculptures by Laurence Edwards exhibition at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Solo exhibitions at the Chappel Galleries, Essex and at Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire
Included in the Artists of Fame and Promise exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath

1999
Exhibits in the Iron Sculptors exhibition at the Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey, and in the Ferrocious exhibition at the Bodyworks Gallery, Chicago

2000
Works with artist Les Bicknell on Meridian, a Millennium public art commission project in Louth
Stations of the Cross series exhibited at the Church of The Blessed Virgin, Woolpit, Suffolk as part of the Stations: The New Sacred Art project organised by Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery
Solo exhibitions at the John Russell Gallery, Ipswich and the Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge

2001
Shows Surrender to the Gaze series at Sculpture on the Green at Norwich Castle, a Breaking the Mould Tate Partnership exhibition

2002
Shows Standing up to Scrutiny series in The Naked Truth, a Tate Partnership exhibition at the Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn.
Included in The Darkened World exhibition at the Britten Pears Library, during the Aldeburgh Festival, which also features the work of Sidney Nolan, Bill Woodrow, Jonathan Clarke and Kate Giles
Exhibits at Artevent, Eindhoven , Holland
Solo exhibition at the Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge
Exhibits in About Face: Get Your Head Around Sculpture at The Croydon Clocktower alongside works by Rodin, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin

2003
Curates Land & Light exhibition at Wingfield Arts, Suffolk
Against the Tide commissioned by Ipswich for the River Gipping

2004
Messum’s Gallery, London, commissions 9 feet bronze of Predicament 1

2005
Messum’s commissions three life-size figures: Kite, Hover and In the Balance, and starts to represent the artist
Organises the Arts Council funded Shopped project with students from Norwich School of Art

2007
Three figures from the Surrender to the Gaze series are permanently sited on private land overlooking the Alde river at Iken, by the Suffolk coast

2008
Major solo exhibition, Creek Men, at Snape Maltings during the Aldeburgh Festival, includes siting of three 9 feet bronze figures among the reed beds

2010
Solo exhibition at Messum’s Gallery, London

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