Born Sydney, Australia 1901, died Sydney 1981
George Feather Lawrence developed fine draftsmanship skills while studying under Julian Ashton at the Sydney Art School, which he attended with fellow students William Dobell, Herbert Badham and John Passmore. Lawrence made lasting and important friendships with many artists including Lloyd Rees and Roland Wakelin, and in 1945 at the Macquarie Galleries in Sydney, William Dobell opened Lawrence’s first solo exhibition.
Lawrence’s development of his impressionist style had been inspired by the encouragement of his teacher Grace Crowley and was definitively cemented in 1939 at the Melbourne Herald exhibition that showcased French and British contemporary art, where he found resonance with his own preferred subject matter in the impressionist paintings.
Landscape at Minnamurra (1965) depicts an area on the south coast of New South Wales known for its beautiful forests. In a review of Lawrence’s 1965 exhibition at the Darlinghurst Gallery, the artist and critic James Gleeson wrote ‘Over the years George Lawrence has gone on refining his impressionistic style until he stands here today as the finest and truest exponent of this kind of painting in Australia.’1
A Sydneysider, Lawrence exhibited with the Contemporary Group in Sydney and the New South Wales Society of Artists. In 1949 he won the Wynne Prize.
Lawrence’s work is represented in most state and several regional galleries.
1 Jean Campbell, George Lawrence: An illustrated biography, Australian Artists Editions, Sydney, 1980, p. 39.