ARTIST STATEMENT: My work, both in Art and Architecture, is an ongoing exploration of the concept of Layers. I have always been aware of, and fascinated by Layers in the Natural and Built Environment. Layers in Space and Time. Layers in Intellect, in Emotion. Synthesis and Interpenetration of Form, of Solid and Void, of Chaos and Order, of Simplicity and Complexity.
INSPIRATION: the “Flashes of light. Appear to me spontaneously, involuntarily, provoked by sensory influences. Unannounced initial thought may derive from a piece of music, written text, built or natural environment, person, mood, event or any combination of the above. A concept gestates for days or weeks, until the appropriate media becomes clear. I create a sketch, and try to understand it for a period of time. The piece then comes out of me very quickly. Several pieces result, produced in rapid succession. Much of my work is done in a small series, and normally executes very closely to the first flash of light that appeared. I have noticed that the many passions in my life manifest through me in a similar way. A formally trained architect, I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University. I have studied and created art all of my life. I draw inspiration from compositions in nature and the built environment. I am intrigued by the natural tension between opposing forces along the following themes: Chaos/Order, Free Form/Precision, Random/Planned, Solid/Void. My influences come from the modern architecture and art world, and include Corbusier, Meier, Eisenman, Pollack, Chihulley, Warhol, Arnoldi.
BACKGROUND: Degrees & Licenses. Lawrence received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1980) and Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1979) from Kent State University, where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. He is a licensed architect in over 40 states and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited professional through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council.) Lawrence has been a guest lecturer for USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Graduate Real Estate Program. He was a Design Juror for the Fourth Year Integrated Design Project for Kent State University. Lawrence has been a speaker on a variety of panels for NAIOP and other commercial real estate groups. He has been published in a variety of media including OC Metro, Real Estate Business Online, Development Magazine and Professional Report Magazine. For his accomplishments as CEO, Lawrence was recognized as an Ernst & Young’ s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner & National Finalist in 2008.
AFFILIATIONS: Board Member, Kent State University Foundation – Founding Member, United Way’s Real Estate Community Builders – Member, NAIOP (National Association
of Industrial& Office Properties)– Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Board Member CSP – The United Way Real Estate Steering Committee – Chair, Leadership Council, United to End Homelessness – Board of Directors, Orange County United Way Co-Chair, Kent State University Comprehensive Campaign – Member, Tech Coast Angels – – – Judge, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program – Innovation Advisor, The Cove – UCI Beall Applied Innovation – Kent State University Design Innovation Affiliate Member.
John Wayne Airport OC Hot Glass Exhibit April 10, 2021 – Oct 24, 2021 / “New Art”- Galleria360, Firenze Italy 10 Gennaio 7 Febbraio, 2021 Galeria Azur, Spain – Dec 11, 2020 – Jan 11, 2021 / ArtBlend New York – Oct 1, – Oct 4, 2020 / Galleria 360, Milan – Feb 2, – Feb 9, 2020 / Spectrum Miami – Dec 4 – Dec 8, 2019 / SOFA Chicago – Oct – Nov 2019 / Gallery Andrea Scottsdale, AZ – Oct – Nov 2019 / Amsterdam Whitney New York, NY Aug 2019 – Sept 2019 / ArtBlend Market Art+Design – July 2019 / Blink Art ADC Fine Art – June– July 2019 / Layered Vision Solo Exhibit New York, NY April – May 2019 / ArtExpo New York – April 2019 / Art Palm Springs – Feb 2019 / ArtBlend Ft Lauderdale – Art Palm Beach – Jan 2019 / Holidays at the Gallery, Viviana Puello Gallery Dec 2018 – Jan 2019 / Saphira & Ventura, Turin, Italy – Oct – Nov 2018 / ArtTour Wonders of Our Universe New York Nov – Dec 2018 / Galleria360 Emozion-Arte Florence Sept – Oct 2018 / SOFA Chicago – Nov 2018 / Spectrum Miami – Dec 2018 / ArtbBend Summer Exhibit Ft Lauderdale Aug 2018 – Oct 2018 / Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Roaring 1920’s New York Aug – Sept 2018 / Market Art+Design Hamptons – July 2018/ ArtBlend Spring Exhibit – Ft Lauderdale May 2018 – July 2018 / ArtExpo New York – April 2018 / Los Angeles Art Show – Jan 2018/ Spectrum Miami Art Show – Dec 2017 / ArtBlend Fall Exhibit – Ft Lauderdale Nov 2017 – Feb 2018 / Scope Miami – Dec 2017 / Galleria360 Colors of the Soul Florence Nov – Dec 2017 / Art Comes Alive Cincinnati, Ohio – Oct – Nov 2017 / Trevisan International Art Madrid, Spain – Oct 2017 / Art San Diego – Sept – Oct 2017 / Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Roaring 1920’s New York Aug – Sept 2017 / ArtBlend Summer Exhibit Ft Lauderdale Aug 2017 – Nov 2017 / ArtBlend Spring Exhibition – Jun – Aug 2017 / Market Art+Design Hamptons – July 2017 / Le Sm’Art Art Fair France – May 2017 / Affordable Art Fair New York – March – April 2017 / Kent State University Hotel Gallery – Feb – April 2017 / ArtBlend Winter Exhibit Ft Lauderdale Feb – May 2017 / ArtBlend Fall Exhibit Ft Lauderdale Nov 2016 – Feb 2017 / Red Dot Miami – Nov – Dec 2016 / Winter Salon Strasbourg France – Dec 2016 / John Wayne Airport Exhibition – Oct – Nov 2016 / Trevisan International Art Madrid, Spain – Oct 2016 / Chianti Star Festival Italy – Sept – Oct 2016 / Kent State University – Oct – Dec 2016 / ArtBlend Summer Exhibit Ft Lauderdale Aug – Nov 2016 / ArtTour International Florence Design Week June 2016 / Triennale Italia Verona Italy – June 2016 / ArtTour International France – May – June 2016 / Biennale Riviera del Brenta – Apr 2016 / ArtBlend Ft Lauderdale – Jan 2015 / ArtFusion Gallery Miami – Dec 2015 / ArtBlend Spectrum Miami – Dec 2015 / Little Treasures Bologna, Italy – Oct – Nov 2015 / L’isola che C’è Art and Music Festival Palermo, Italy Oct 2015 / RISE – Creating From the Heart – Ferrara, Italy August 2015 / Piazza del Popolo | From Caravaggio to the Present Day – May 2015 / Iocandina Symphonies Madrid, Spain – Oct 2014 / Bistango Irvine, CA – Sept 2014 / ArtTour International Miami – Sept 2014 / Limitless Expressions Toronto, Canada – Sept 2014 / AIA ArtWalk Costa Mesa, CA – August 2014 / Spirit of Art Vienna, Austria – Aug 2014 / Agora Gallery – May 2014 – June 2014 / Trevisan International Art France – May 2014 / Merlino Bottega d’Arte Gallery Florence – April 2014 / Cutting Edge Masters of Contemporary Art, Florence Feb – March 2014 / Variations Bologna Italy – Nov 2013 / IMA impact13 Conference Las Vegas, NV – Sept 2013 / AIA OC ArtWalk Costa Mesa, CA – Aug 2013 / Laguna Contemporary Art – April 2013 / Agora Gallery The Essence of Abstraction New York March 2013 / Cutting Edge Masters of Contemporary Art Florence Dec 2012 AIA OC ArtWalk | Winner’s Exhibit – Aug 2012 / Bistango Irvine, California – July 2012 / Agora Gallery Degrees of Abstraction New York Jan 2012 / SITA Showcase Los Angeles – March 2011 / Bistango Irvine, California – March 2011 7 KI Celebrate Summer Irvine, California May – June 2011