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Hollingsworth Art Gallery

Each month the Hollingsworth Art Gallery exhibits wildlife-themed art by local and by nationally-known artists. 

October 2016 - Artist of the Month

Charles Lawrance

“Finart” of Fells Point has morphed into “Finnapolis” of West Street. Fish are the “signature icons” of Charles Lawrance’s work. After paddling a kayak along Annapolis’ shorelines, Lawrence employs the “ancient Japanese technique of recording one’s fish catch, ‘gyotaku’.” He inks the scales of his catch of the day and presses the fish onto mulberry paper and hand pulls a print onto wood and glazes the image.

 Snorkeling provides inspiration from otherworldly underwater landscapes that contribute to Lawrance’s surrealistic images which contain his commentaries on environmental hazards of our culture. Imaginative, humorous and provocative are some of the adjectives used to describe his “dreamscapes” that serve as “metaphors” for “navigating” contemporary society.

That Lawrance’s mother’s was in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art when her water broke was undoubtedly significant, but his website bio describes growing up in the outdoors – so that probably didn’t happen at Brooklyn’s Botanical Gardens. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art at MICA (Maryland Institute in Baltimore) and has an impressive list of accomplishments since then: set painting, album art and magazine illustration and cover art, murals (11 outdoors in Baltimore) and interiors of restaurants, homes and offices. His media are oil and acrylic.    See Charles Lawrance's website.

And Don't Miss...
Unique and lovely Peruvian carvings of birds from semi-precious stones will be featured in our display cases. Fellow-countryman, Giancarlo Readi, who worked closely with an artistic family near Lima, and who designed some of the pieces, is making them available for us to enjoy.
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2016
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