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As Seen By Me: Roland Lawar & Anthony Laurencin

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Friday, 6 May 2022 to Thursday, 26 May 2022
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Friday, 6 May 2022 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

STUDIO WEST is pleased to present As Seen By Me, a duo exhibition co-curated by gallery Director Caroline Boseley and Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms, which showcases contemporary Black women and non-binary artists and the Black Blossoms School of Art and Culture, an online learning platform decolonising art education. The show brings together paintings and sculptures by two British artists Roland Lawar and Anthony Laurencin. The exhibition title, taken directly from Lawar’s writing, speaks to the central themes of each artists’ practice: perception, personal interpretation, lived experience, and materiality.

On the recommendation of Bolanle Tajudeen, STUDIO WEST became familiar with the striking work of Anthony Laurencin and is excited to introduce this noteworthy ‘outsider artist’ to London collectors and critics. Roland Lawer has received a number of public art commissions and exhibited widely outside of the city, STUDIO WEST is pleased to present a selection of his smaller works once again in a gallery context.

Sculptor Roland Lawar has been creating abstract metal sculpture in animated, intertwined forms since 1984. Inspired by his African heritage and spending childhood hours in blacksmiths and carpenters in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, Lawar became deeply invested in the limitless potentialities of form and the capacity for material transformation. His work fuses child-like vitality with angular geometry – combining the logical and architectural with the playful and energetic. He incorporates found objects and casts from steel to bring together unique and distinctly contemporary forms reminiscent of British modernist sculptor Anthony Caro. Many works utilise reclaimed steel, breathing new life into ‘waste’ objects, through cleaning, moulding, welding, and painting.

Anthony Laurencin’s work is intrinsically rebellious, he creates bold, narrative-led paintings anchored in a strong self-referential style. Having begun his practice only a few years ago, Laurencin has no formal training, and as such, his artistic language is honest and unique. He works on unstretched canvas with multiple layers of acrylic paint, allowing his evolution of ideas to remain visible in the final piece. For this exhibition, some will hang like tapestries while others have been stretched into new forms. Much like Lawar, colour is central to Laurencin’s painting. Strong palettes introduce a sense of vibrancy and urgency to the personal subject matter, scenes often drawn from everyday life.

As Seen By Me illuminates a fascinating inter-generational conversation between two artists creating in bold and defiant styles. The exhibition introduces a selection of exciting and previously unseen work to the London art market, inviting collectors, critics and viewers into a dynamic space of interpretation and consideration.

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ABOUT ROLAND LAWAR

Roland Lawar is a sculptor based in London. He studied at St. Martin’s School of Art, London; The London School of Printing; Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois and Morley College, London. Since the 1980s, Lawar has held a variety of solo exhibitions in the UK and USA including: Inter-Action, Milton Keynes (2012-2015); Cut and Shape, Michael Heseltine Gallery (2011); Diverse Gallery, Brixton (2008); Missouri City Library, Texas (2003). Hi work was included in the 2020 London Design Festival and has been extensively exhibited in the public sphere. Including: Wooden Bench, donated to The Bernie Grant Centre, Tottenham (2018); The Blue Loop (2018), Fulwell Court (2018); Wooden Bench, donated to the Stephen Lawrence Foundation, Deptford (2017); The Bridgard Project (2005). @rosculptures | rolandlawar.com

ABOUT ANTHONY LAURENCIN

Anthony Laurencin is a painter who grew up in West London, and currently works from his studio on Goldhawk Road. He began his practice in 2019 and has no formal training. His pieces currently hang in a Local West London Dentist but he has not yet been exhibited in a gallery context. Laurencin enjoyed art at school but did not consider it a career option at the time, instead taking up fashion design which remains a passion. His work is influenced by Frances Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso, while the subject matter is drawn from everyday life and personal experience. His methods are largely instinctual, following emotions to reach a final piece without planning or reserve. Much is added and abstracted fluidly as he creates. @a.t.laurencin

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AS SEEN BY ME: ROLAND LAWAR & ANTHONY LAURENCIN | 6 – 26 MAY 2022

Artist Q&A | Thursday 12 May 2022 | 6:30-8:30pm

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Unit 1, 216 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 1NR

Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove / Notting Hill Gate

@studio_west_gallery | www.studiowest.art

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